ARISE, SHINE, BECAUSE YOUR LIGHT ARRIVES AND THE GLORY OF THE
LORD SHINES OVER YOU.
Because the shadows cover the earth in a dense darkness, enveloping
the nations, over you will shine the Lord, and his glory will appear over
you. The nations will walk to thy light and the kings to the splendor of
Look around you and observe: all have come together and they come toward thee:
thy sons come from afar, and thy daughters are carried in arms.
Upon seeing this, you will be radiant, your heart will beat strongly and
grow, because over you will be poured the treasures of the sea and the
riches of the nations, which shall all be brought to you.
You shall be covered by a multitude of camels, the dromedaries of
Madian and Epha: all they from Saba shall come, bringing gold
and frankincense and proclaiming praises of the Lord.
Prophecy of Isaiah 60:1-6
When Jesus therefore was born in Bethlehem
of Juda, in the days of king Herod, behold,
there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem.
Saying, Where is he that is born king of the Jews?
For we have seen his star in the east, and are come
to adore him. And king Herod hearing this, was
troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
And assembling together all the chief priests and the scribes
of the people, he inquired of them where Christ should be born.
But they said to him: In Bethlehem of Juda. For so it is written
by the prophet: And thou Bethlehem the land of Juda art not the
least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come forth
the captian that shall rule my people Israel.
Then Herod, privately calling the wise men, learned diligently
of them the time of the star which appeared to them; And sending
them into Bethlehem, said: Go and diligently inquire after the child,
and when you have found him, bring me word again, that I also may come
to adore him.
Who having heard the king, went their way; and behold the star which
they had seen in the east, went before them, until it came and stood
over where the child was. And seeing the star they rejoiced with exceeding
And entering into the house, they found the child with Mary his mother,
and falling down they adored him; and opening their treasures, they offered
him gifts; gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having received an answer in sleep that they should not return to Herod,
they went back another way into their country.
And after they were departed, behold an angel of the Lord appeared in sleep
to Joseph, saying: Arise, and take the child and his mother, and fly into
Egypt: and be there until I shall tell thee. For it will come to pass that
Herod will seek the child to destroy him. Who arose, and took the child and
his mother by night, and retired into Egypt: and he was there until the death
of Herod: That it might be fulfilled which the Lord spoke by the prophet,
saying: Out of Egypt have I called my son.
The heavenly Mother awaited the pious and devout kings,
standing with the Child in her arms. Amid the humble and
poor surroundings of the cave, in incomparable modesty and
beauty, she exhibited at the same time a majesty more than
human, the light of heaven shining in her countenance. Still
more visible was this light in the Child, shedding through the
cavern effulgent splendor, which made it like a heaven.
The three kings of the East entered and at the first sight of the Son and Mother,
they were for a considerable space of time, overwhelmed with wonder. They prostrated
themselves upon the earth, and in this position they worshiped and adored the Infant,
acknowledging Him as the true God and man, and as the Savior of the human race. By the
divine power, which the sight of Him and his presence exerted in their souls, they were
filled with new enlightenment.
They perceived the multitude of angelic spirits, who as servants and ministers of the
King of kings and Lord of lords attended upon Him in reverential fear (Heb. 1, 4). Arising,
they congratulated their and our Queen as Mother of the Son of the eternal Father; and
they approached to reverence Her on their knees. They sought her hand in order to kiss it, as they were accustomed to do to their queens
in their countries. But the most prudent Lady withdrew her hand, and offered in stead that
of the Redeemer of the world, saying:
"My spirit rejoices in the Lord and my soul blesses
and extols Him; because among all the nations He has called
and selected you to look upon and behold that which many kings
and prophets have in vain desired to see, namely, Him who is
the eternal Word incarnate (Luke 10, 24). Let us extol and praise
his name on account of the sacraments and mysteries wrought among
his people; let us kiss the earth which He sanctifies by his real
Excerpt from The Mystical City of God,
Vol II, manifested by Our Lady to Sr.
Mary of Jesus (Mary of Agreda)
Blessing our homes
for the New Year
The head of the household writes with blessed chalk the
following inscription over (at least) the main door of the home:
The New Year brackets the initials of the three Magi: Caspar, Melchior and Baltasar.
The initials, C, M, B, may also stand for a Latin phrase which translated means "Christ bless this house."
(After the prayers of the blessing, each room may be sprinkled
with holy water and incensed.)
Let us pray. Hear us, O Lord, Father Almighty, Eternal God, and send
Thy Holy Angel from heaven to watch over, cherish, protect,
be with, and defend all who live in this house. I call upon
Thy Saints: Caspar, Melchior and Baltasar to protect our family
and home from every harm and danger, and I place the marks of
their holy name over the doors of our home to remain there as a
constant reminder to us and to all who enter here that this house
is truly a House of the Lord. Amen
Bless, O Lord, Almighty God, this home, that in it there may
be health, chastity, strength of victory, humility, goodness,
and industry, a fullness of law and the action of graces through
God the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost; and that this
blessing may remain on this home and on those who frequent it.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen
From Your Home, A Church in Miniature compiled by The Family Life Bureau in the early 1950s, The Neumann Press, Long Prairie, Minnesota, 1994
The Adoration of the Magi
(detail) by Gentile da Fabriano; 1423; Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence;
January 6 -The Epiphany of our Lord - The Feast of the Magi - The Three Kings came to Adore the Birth of Christ
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