Christmas Daybook, 12: Eve of Epiphany

Welcome to my final Christmas daybook post for these last 12 days of celebrating. We've been (somewhat sporadically) spending Christmastide with some favorite short films and video clips. What's been your favorite? I'd love to hear about it in the comments section!

 An antiquities dealer in Bethlehem shows a traditional container for myrrh, one of the three gifts the Magi brought to Jesus. (screenshot from following video)

An antiquities dealer in Bethlehem shows a traditional container for myrrh, one of the three gifts the Magi brought to Jesus. (screenshot from following video)

 

O Little Town of Bethlehem from Tim Parsons on Vimeo.

The story of the birth of Jesus told by the people of Bethlehem.

We've arrived at Twelfth Night, the culmination of grand festival of Christmastide. I hope your days have been warm, full, and lighthearted. For those of you who've been unable, because of difficulties, to celebrate in that way this year may you know even more deeply the presence of Emmanuel, King Jesus.

Peace be upon you and yours today and into the season of Epiphany light!


Readings for today: Isaiah 66:18-23, Psalm 29, Romans 15:7-13

Prayer for today: 

God of revelation, as we gather in praise for the gracious mystery of your Son, we remember the many needs of your church and your world.

Offer prayers for your community, church, and the world, concluding with:

Guide us on the path of salvation, O God, that the radiance and power of your Holy Spirit working in the world will gather together all peoples and nations in one community to offer you worship and proclaim your splendor. Amen.
— lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/prayers

 

Listen to T.S. Eliot's "Journey of the Magi", or read it here.


(See all Christmas Daybook posts from 2016 here.)