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The Epiphany of the Lord, Year C

2 January 2022

First reading

Isaiah 60:1–6
Above you the glory of the Lord appears.

Responsorial psalm

Psalm 71 (72):1–2, 7–8, 10–13
R. Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.

Second reading

Ephesians 3:2–3, 5–6
It has now been revealed that pagans share the same inheritance.

Gospel acclamation

Matthew 2:2
We have seen his star in the East; and have come to adore the Lord.


Matthew 2:1–12
The visit of the Magi

Images from the Word

  • From the east
  • Infant king
  • Shepherd my people
  • Grow radiant
  • Parts of the same body

Liturgical notes

The three scripture readings of the Epiphany Mass represent three very different genres of biblical literature. The First reading from Isaiah is jubilant poetry. The Second reading from St. Paul is a precise theological statement delivered in what is virtually technical language for Paul. The Gospel passage is a dramatic narration of events.

Homiletic Directory, §125

Our readings today remind us of the diversity of styles to which our readers must be sensitive so that their reading conveys God’s message. Today we find poetry, theology and storytelling used by the Church to tell the mystery of Epiphany. Each style requires a different approach by each proclaimer. Our community relies on the prayerful preparation by each reader so that God may speak to his beloved people.

‘We have seen his star in the East, and have come with gifts to adore the Lord.’

—communion antiphon

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