Christ the light of the nations
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,
as without end we acclaim:
Preface for Epiphany
The Preface for Sunday reminded us, again, that Christ comes to make a difference to us.
We give honour to God, Father, Son and Spirit, for he is God, source of all that is; and for his love. But what God longs for is that Christ’s presence and gifts should draw us on to holiness, the fullness of life in Chrit, and in communion with Father, Son and Spirit for ever.
The horizon of our life is not its daily limitations, or successes, but is eternity, in love.
The Lord promises, and waits for patiently for his promise to be fulfilled in us.
- For what do you wait?
- For what do you long?
Detail of vestment in the Treasury of Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris. (c) 2017, Allen Morris