I don’t mind getting help with my prayers, especially not from sources that have stood the test of time, such as the Psalms. And from some ancient Christian sources, such as the 6th Century Gelasian Sacramentary, from which comes this prayer for Epiphany Sunday (January 6, 2008):

"Almighty and everlasting God, who has made known the Incarnation of your Word by the testimony of a glorious star, which when the wise men beheld, they adored your majesty with gifts; grant that the star of your righeousness may always appear in our hearts, ad our treasure consist in giving thanks to you. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

The petitionary part of that prayer unlocked for me some insights into the story of the magii, who likely came from Persia, Rome’s imperial and military nemesis, to worship the Christ child with their gifts and pilgrimage. As Epiphany Sunday is also closest to Ethiopian Christmas, you will find some Ethiopian folk tales woven into my thoughts on the Epiphany of Christ to the gentiles, at Download new_year_2008.doc .



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