Today, January 6, Christians around the world are celebrating the Epiphany.
By tradition, this day refers to the realization that Jesus Christ is indeed the King of humanity. It commemorates the day when the Magi visited baby Jesus, bearing gifts for the only begotten Son of God.
In some traditions, the Epiphany is regarded as the “Feast of the Three Kings.” It is also known by some as “Little Christmas,” extending the holiday celebrations until the 6th of January. (Read: The Three Kings: Real or Fake News?)
My Pope Philippines commemorates this special day with four short prayers.
Opening Prayer for the Epiphany of Our Lord
Father, You revealed your Son to the nations by the guidance of a star. Lead us to your glory in heaven by the light of faith. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
An Epiphany Prayer
Lord Jesus may your light shine our way, as once it guided the steps of the magi: that we too may be led into your presence and worship you, the Child of Mary, the Word of the Father, the King of nations, the Saviour of mankind; to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
The Church in Jerusalem Epiphany Prayer
O God, Who by a star guided the wise men to the worship of your Son, we pray you to lead to yourself the wise and great of every land that unto you every knee may bow, and every thought be brought into captivity. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Episcopal Prayer for Epiphany
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.