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Adoration for The Epiphany



ADORE. The drama of modern man is not, perhaps, his inability to believe, but his difficulty in experiencing God as God. A clear example is the difficulty that even many Christians have to adore Him. To adore God we need to experience that we are creatures, infinitely small before him, but infinitely loved by him. To admire his unfathomable greatness and to taste his close and loving presence involves the participation of our entire being.


Adoration is admiration. It is love and surrender. It is to surrender our being to God and to remain in grateful and joyful silence before him, admiring his mystery from our littleness.


Adoration ends in commitment so that God may be known and loved, and we may recover our dignity as creatures and children of God.


PRAYER/ADORATION

God, come to my aid.

Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory to the Father...

As it was in the beginning... Alleluia


Come, let us adore the Lord.

Shout to the Lord, all the earth, serve the Lord with joy, enter his presence with shouts of joy.

Come, let us adore the Lord.

Know that the Lord is God, that He made us and we are His, His people and sheep of His flock.

Come, let us adore the Lord.

The Lord is good, his mercy is everlasting, his faithfulness through all ages.

Come, let us adore the Lord.


SILENCE/ADORATION


PSALM 96. At a feast, the people of Israel celebrate the Lord as universal King. His reign is projected into the future,in which "the Kingdom that endures forever" will be established. The glory of God is God himself in his truth, in his power, in his action, through which he manifests himself as God. In Jesus the glory of the Father was manifested. In his pierced Heart God manifests himself to us as Love.


Sing to the Lord a new song, sing to the Lord, all the earth; sing to the Lord, bless his name, proclaim his victory day after day.

Declare his glory to the peoples, his wonders to the nations; for the Lord is great and greatly to be praised.

O families of the peoples, shout to the Lord, shout unto the glory and power of the Lord, shout unto the glory of the name of the Lord, enter into his courts, bringing him offerings.

Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad, let the sea and all that fills it roar; let the fields and all that is in them rejoice, let the trees of the forest shout for joy before the Lord; for he is coming, he is coming to rule the earth; he will rule the earth with justice and the peoples with faithfulness.


Silence for meditation.


READING FROM THE WORD: Revelation 4:8,9,11; 5:9,10,12-13.

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord, ruler of all, he who was and who is and who is to come! Glory and honor and thanks be to him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever! You deserve, O Lord and our God, to receive glory, honor and power for having created the universe: by your design it was created and exists.

The Lamb came near. When he received the scroll from the right hand of him who sits on the throne, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb ... and sang a new song:

You deserve to receive the scroll and break open its seals because you were slain and by your blood you purchased for God people from every race and tongue, people and nation.

The Lamb who was slain deserves all might and riches, knowledge and strength, honor, glory, and praise! To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb, praise and honor; glory and power forever and ever!


Silence for reflection.

If you find it difficult to adore, what prevents you from standing before the "adorable face of God"?


Are adoration and solidarity, adoration and ecology intimately united in you?


PETITIONS

-For all those who have come to know God....We pray to the Lord

-For all who do not know God....We pray to the Lord

- For all who seek him...We pray to the Lord

- For all the adorers at home....We pray to the Lord

Your petitions…


Our Father.


Prayer.

Shine your face upon us, O Lord, increase our faith and our generosity through Christ our Lord.


Blessing.

May the Lord bless us, keep us from all evil and lead us to eternal life.

Amen.




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