‘Behold the Lord, the mighty one has come’: Worshipping at Epiphany

‘Behold the Lord, the mighty one has come’: Worshipping at Epiphany

Epiphany | How does the way we worship at Mass inform our understanding of our Lord’s Epiphany? The student brothers reflect on some of the parts of the Mass.


The Mass is the Church’s supreme act of worship, and Epiphany is a feast which culminates in worship, as we recount the story of the Magi who came to adore the Lord:

On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. | (Mt 2:11)

In the lead up to this great feast, we invite you to prepare with us by exploring a part of the Mass each day in the lead up to Epiphany. One reflection will be published each day from 30th Dec to 6th Jan.


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The Collect | Br Giovanni Castellano OP

“O God, who on this day revealed your Only Begotten Son to the nations by the guidance of a star, grant in your mercy, that we, who know you already by faith, may be brought to behold the beauty of your sublime glory. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.”

Text: PDF

The First Reading | Br Reginald Herbert OP

Isaiah 60:1-6

Text: PDF

The Responsorial Psalm | Br Jerome Johnson OP

Psalm 71(72)

Text: PDF

The Epiphany Proclamation (Noveritis) | Br Daniel Rowlands OP

Text and score of the Epiphany Proclamation (Noveritis): PDF


The Prayer over the Offerings | Br Augustine Chen OP

“Look with favour, Lord, we pray, on these gifts of your Church, in which are offered now not gold or frankincense or myrrh, but he who by them is proclaimed, sacrificed and received, Jesus Christ. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.”

Text: PDF

The Preface | Br Bede Mullens OP

“It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God. For today you have revealed the mystery of our salvation in Christ as a light for the nations, and, when he appeared in our mortal nature, you made us new by the glory of his immortal nature. And so, with Angels and Archangels, with Thrones and Dominions, and with all the hosts and Powers of heaven, we sing the hymn of your glory…”

Text: PDF

The Prayer after Communion | Br John Church OP

“Go before us with heavenly light, O Lord, always and everywhere, that we may perceive with clear sight and revere with true affection the mystery in which you have willed us to participate. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.”


The Solemn Blessing & Dismissal | Br Thomas Thérèse Mannion OP

“May God, who has called you out of darkness into his wonderful light, pour out in kindness his blessing upon you and make your hearts firm in faith, hope, and charity. Amen.

And since in all confidence you follow Christ, who today appeared in the world as a light shining in darkness, may God make you, too, a light for your brothers and sisters. Amen.

And so when your pilgrimage is ended, may you come to him whom the Magi sought as they followed the star and whom they found with great joy, the Light from Light, who is Christ the Lord. Amen.”


The Godzdogz team consists of student brothers studying at Blackfriars Studium in Oxford.

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