Novena of Preparation for the Epiphany
The Epiphany is the culmination of Christmas season, and is the celebration of the revelation of God the Son, as a human being, in Jesus Christ. In Western Christianity, the feast commemorates principally the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child, and thus Jesus' physical manifestation to the Gentiles. On the other hand. Eastern Christians commemorate the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River, seen as his manifestation to the world as the Son of God.
This Novena is an opportunity to explore the different traditions around the Epiphany while praying and meditating upon this amazing gift bestowed on all mankind, God the Son!
Picture: Journey of the Magi, by James Tissot, c.1894 - Public domain.
Prayer to Our Lady of the Epiphany
O Lady of the Epiphany, Most-Holy-Name-of-Mary, Through your power, glory, and love, Show us your salvation – Jesus Christ. As the shepherds of Bethlehem came to you long ago, We now come before you. With Jesus Christ reigning in your arms, We also bow in awe. O Queen and intimate friend, Remember our poverty. We beg you, O tender Mother, to hold our hands And listen closely to the desires and needs of our hearts. Mary, please remember: [State your request…]. Through your powerful intercession obtain for us The beautiful manifestation of your Divine Son In the lives of those for whom we pray. Mystical glorious woman crowned with stars, Obtain the miracles and heavenly signs Our dear ones need to find and embrace Jesus Christ, the King of Kings. Mary, we promise to amend our lives And implore you to reveal the treasures of your heart to us, Your poor children, at this time. Amen.
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