Prayer Pledge 2017: Day 8

Today, here in the US, we observe the Epiphany. The Magi arrive, honoring the splendor of Christ. This splendor has not dimmed. While we can’t look up and point to the Star of Bethlehem, we can turn our eyes to the spangled heavens every night. We may not visit the manger with gold, frankincense, and myrrh, but we are anointed with chrism (myrrh!) in Baptism and Confirmation, sometimes smell frankincense in incense at Mass, and can adore Jesus set in gold at Adoration. We call back to the Epiphany so often without even noticing.

Praise Jesus today. Honor His splendor and glory.

Comment below with your thoughts:

How can you praise and adore the Christ child alongside the Magi?

or, simply answer:

Did you pray today?

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    January 8, 2017 at 6:20 am

    I will definitely pray today, but whether I get to Mass after 12-14 inches of snow were dropped on Tidewater Virginia is still iffy. Nonetheless, I like that we had Jan. 6 on Friday and now have Epiphany being celebrated at Sunday Mass. It’s making the feast last lots of days.

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    Emily DeArdo
    January 8, 2017 at 8:07 am

    I’m creating a regular Eucharistic Adoration practice–I love this quiet time of prayer with Jesus in the tabernacle, and I’m working to make it a consistent part of my schedule!

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    January 8, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    Thanks for the reminder!

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    Megan Cahill-Assenza
    January 8, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    I can only imagine a deep internal peace and a strong sense of intuition that over came the Magi by the Holy Spirit to know to look up at the North Star and follow it. They were called. They were led. Out of all things, it was a star, a glistening speck of a diamond in the sky, right above God’s greatest gift He could ever give to the world. This baby was richer than a star or a diamond could ever be. This baby was the light of the world.

    I can only imagine what the Magi must have felt when they saw the Messiah all bundled up lying in the manger. I could imagine an overwhelming sensation to fall to my knees and feel the radiance being in the presence of God in body and flesh. We have an advantage as we already know what is to come, but being along with the Magi, I would say “thank you” and bring my whole self to Christ. I would also greatly admire Mary, knowing that she said yes and obeyed God’s will.

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    January 8, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    A friend of mine shared a reflection on the readings today that was similar to the one from BIS. The idea that really struck me was that the magi did not necessarily know who or what they would encounter along their journey, but getting to the Savior was the end goal and that was their focus. I’ve been reflecting upon that and how I can better orient myself to journey in a way which focuses on Christ and getting closer to God.
    Peace, Sarah

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    January 8, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    I loved praying in front of the nativity after mass last evening

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