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Prayers & Readings — Christmas 2 & Epiphany

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NOTE: Each week of the Christian year has a page that includes: 1) Scripture readings for that day or season in the Christian year; 2) prayers from the Book of Common Prayer for that day or season of the Christian Year as well as for a variety of other emphases, along with a hymn by Charles Wesley; and, 3) a selection of readings from John Wesley’s sermons.

Scriptures for Christmas 2 & Epiphany:**

Years 1-3 — John 1:1-18 (Jan. 4, 2015) ~ Matthew 2:1-12 (Jan. 6, 2015)

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Prayer #1 — Prayer for the Second Sunday after Christmas Day (BCP 214):

O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share our humanity, your Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Prayer #2 — Prayer for the Epiphany – January 6 (BCP 214):

O God, by the leading of a star you manifested your only Son to the Peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know you now by faith, to your presence, where we may see your glory face to face; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Prayer #3 — Prayer of the Holy Spirit (BCP 251):

Almighty and most merciful God, grant that by the indwelling of your Holy Spirit we may be enlightened and strengthened for your service; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Prayer #4 — Prayer for the Holy Name – January 1 (BCP 213):

Eternal Father, you gave to your incarnate Son the holy name of Jesus to be the sign of our salvation: Plant in every heart, we pray, the love of him who is the Savior of the world, our Lord Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

Prayer #5 — “Blow Ye the Trumpet, Blow” (Charles Wesley):

1. Blow ye the trumpet, blow!
The gladly solemn sound
let all the nations know,
to earth’s remotest bound:
Refrain:
The year of jubilee is come!
The year of jubilee is come!
Return, ye ransomed sinners, home.

2. Jesus, our great high priest,
hath full atonement made;
ye weary spirits, rest;
ye mournful souls, be glad:
(Refrain)

3. Extol the Lamb of God,
the all atoning Lamb;
redemption in his blood
throughout the world proclaim.
(Refrain)

4. Ye slaves of sin and hell,
your liberty receive,
and safe in Jesus dwell,
and blest in Jesus live:
(Refrain)

5. Ye who have sold for nought
your heritage above
shall have it back unbought,
the gift of Jesus’ love:
(Refrain)

6. The gospel trumpet hear,
the news of heavenly grace;
and saved from earth, appear
before your Savior’s face:
The year of jubilee is come!
The year of jubilee is come!
Return to your eternal home.

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