Second Sunday after Epiphany, EP II


Service of Light

 We light the Evening Candle and say or sing:

Light and Peace in Jesus Christ our Lord!

~Thanks be to God!


Hymn for Sunday Evening

Can we conceive when time was not,

the nothingness of cosmic sleep?

When, formless, there was only void:

no near, no far, no height, no deep?


In love’s embrace, God’s uttered Word

then sounded from Life’s boundless heart:

like suns exploding into space,

“Light!” burst forth, dazzling, in the dark.


Upon  the deep there spread delight

for God had smiled, and deemed it “good!”

Like solar winds was Wisdom’s breath,

her warmth yet gentle on her brood.


Dividing light from darkness, then

God called light “Day!” and darkness “Night!”

Thus evening came and morning came—

this first of days and God’s delight.  Amen.

Text: Aelred-Seton Shanley


Evening Thanksgiving

Let us give thanks to the God of Light always and for everything,

~ in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ.


Praised be Adonai Elohim, Ruler of the universe, who led our ancestors in the faith

by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, and prepared a lamp for the Anointed.  Light up our darkness, O God, by the light of your Christ;

may his word be a lamp to our feet and a light to our path, for you are full of loving kindness for your whole creation and we, your creatures, glorify you,

Abba, Word and Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever.  ~ Amen.



Evening Psalm


Adonai’s revelation to my Master:

“Sit at my right hand.”

Psalm 109/110

Adonai, to the One who will reign:

“Come and be My companion;

We will undo selfishness and sin.”


The Spirit will bring from Zion

The power and strength to save:

Love changing foes into friends.


Precious from the day of your birth

on the holy mountain;

from the womb before the dawn I begot you.


The Promise holds true forever:

Your ministry is Loving-Kindness–

A priest like Melchizedek of old.


Companions of the Most High are ready

To liberate all who suffer from evil.


The One who calls us to justice

Invites us to join in the struggle:

Enlightening all who are unaware of the truth.


Drink from streams of Living Water,

Lift your head and celebrate the feast.


Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

and to the BREATH of Love,

as always before,

so now and evermore, Amen.

Adonai’s revelation to my Master:

“Sit at my right hand.”


Reading           I Corinthians 1:1-3

Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother, Sosthenes,

To the church of God which assembles in Corinth, to those made holy in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Love, Jesus Christ:  Grace to you and peace from God our Abba and from the Lord Jesus Christ.



R. Here are words in which you can trust: * Christ Jesus came to show us how to love.  V. Grace, mercy and peace to you from God our Abba, and from our Love, Jesus Christ. * Christ Jesus came to show us how to love..

Gospel Canticle


Christ, having risen from the dead, dies now no more.

Death shall no longer have dominion over him,

for the life that he lives, he lives unto God.  Alleluia, alleluia!

Canticle of Mary 
 It is customary to make the sign of the cross at the beginning of the Gospel Canticle.

My heart + is radiant with the Lord,

My whole being delights in God my Savior.


All people now will call me blessed

For God has loved this humble handmaid.

The Almighty has shown me great favor

Holy is the NAME,


Whose mercy embraces the faithful,

From one generation to the next.

The mighty arm of God,

Scatters the proud in their own conceit,


Pulls tyrants from their thrones

While lifting up the lowly:

Fills the famished with bounty,

And reveals the emptiness of riches.


Rescues lowly Israel,

Sharing such loving kindness,

As promised to our ancestors

To Abraham and Sarah, and their descendants forever.


Glory to the ONE and to  WORD

And to the BREATH of Love!

As always before,

so now and evermore.  Amen

Christ, having risen from the dead, dies now no more.

Death shall no longer have dominion over him,

for the life that he lives, he lives unto God.  Alleluia, alleluia!


 Service of Prayer

Litany of Intercession

For the Unity of the Christian Churches and the common good of all Earthkind:

God in your mercy  hear our prayer


For the people of this and every other nation, that all be guided in the ways of justice and peace, God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


For the health and well-being of all creation, and the wisdom and will to conserve it, God in your mercy, hear our prayer.


For all those who have asked for our prayers and those for whom we have promised to pray, God in your mercy, hear our prayer.


For all who are suffering in mind, body or spirit, and for those who care for them,

God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


For those who have died, and for those who grieve their passing, God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Prayer of Jesus

Our Father,



Closing Prayer & Blessing

O Holy One, you revealed the power of your unconditional love and the depth of your compassion in the mission and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth.  May the Spirit who anointed him to bring good news to the poor, fill our hearts, minds and our bodies to proclaim as he did, a jubilee year of freedom, flourishing and fullness of life for all.  For you live and reign in the power that is love, now and always and forever. ~Amen.


May God + bless us and keep us.  May God’s Face graciously smile upon us.  May God’s Spirit favor us and all of creation with peace.  ~Amen 


Let us bless Adonai.    ~And give thanks to God.


Those who wish may end evening prayer with the Marian Antiphon for this season.
Marian Antiphon

Loving Mother of our Savior, holding open heaven’s only hope, Star for steerage in this vastness, rise to help us, save the sinking.  Nature’s greatest  Wonder: you have borne your own true Maker, giving human life to him. Virgin ever, before and after, that Good News from Gabriel, Word of Life for living, tell it now: mercy to all people!


The angel of the Lord brought the message to Mary. ~ And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.


Let us pray.  Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ, your Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may, by his Passion and Cross, be brought to the glory of his Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.  Amen.