The Christian festival of the Epiphany celebrates Jesus who is both the Son of God and a human being. In the Western church this is usually commemorated by remembering the journey of the wise men to worship the infant Christ. The Eastern Orthodox church celebrates the baptism of Jesus in the river Jordan.
There are two prayers on this page which reflect on how the story of the star in the East is a pointer to Christ, the Son of God:-
Be Our Daily Star
(a short prayer suitable for an Epiphany Service)
An Epiphany Prayer
God of all heaven and earth,
From the breath of your love came the creation of the world.
We are amazed at the vast beauty of the night sky and at the intimate nature of the love you have for us your children.
Be our daily star,
Guiding our lives to search for kingdom love.
May we always follow your light of truth in all that we do,
Forever trusting, hoping and believing in your word.
Lift our eyes tonight to see your eternal life shining brightly,
Leading us home.
(a contemporary prayer reflection on the Epiphany from www.lords-prayer-words.com)
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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.
(Source: Contemporary Collects, Book of Common Prayer, 1979 version, Protestant Episcopal Church in the USA.)
read prayers for the coming season of Lent here
, with a simple children's prayer and a traditional Anglican prayer for Ash Wednesday