Dom Gueranger on the Sunday within the Octave of Epiphany

Extract from Dom Guéranger's commentary on today's Epistle at Mass: Romans 12: 1-5:

"He that is Life, gives his whole self to us; let us, in return, present him our hearts, that is 'a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing unto God'; whose service may be 'reasonable', that is, whose obedience to the divine will may be accompanied by a formal intention of offering itself to its Creator......

"Let us imitate the Magi, who 'went back another way into their country' - let us not adopt the ideas of this world, for the world is the covert enemy of our beloved King. Let us reform our worldly prudence according to the divine wisdom of Him, who may well be our guide, seeing his is the Eternal Wisdom of the Father. Let us understand, that no man can be wise without Faith, which reveals to us that we must all be united by love, so as to form one body in Christ, partakiing of his life, his wisdom, his light, and his kingly character."

At Vespers:

"Brethren, I beseech you by the mercy of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing unto God, your reasonable service."

After the Magnificat:
"Let us pray.
According to thy divine mercy, O Lord receive the vows of thy people, who pour forth their prayers to thee: that they may know what their duty requireth of them, and be able to comply with what the know. Through &c.

"Commemoration of the Epiphany
ANT. We celebrate a fesival adorned by three miracles: this day, a star led the Magi to the manger; this day, water was changed into wine at the marriage-feast; this day, Christ vouchsafed to be baptised by John, in the Jordan, for our salvation. Alleluia.
V. All they from Saba shall come. alleluia.
R. Bringing gold and frankincense, alleluia.

Let us pray.
O God, who by the direction of a star, didst this day manifest thy Only Son to the Gentiles: mercifully grant, that we, who know thee by faith, may come, at length, to see the glory of thy Majesty. Through the same &c."

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