Wednesday 6 January

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Creator of the heavens,
who led the Magi by a star
to worship the Christ–child:
guide and sustain us,
that we may find our journey’s end
in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Isaiah 60.1–9
Arise, shine; for your light has come,
   and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
 For darkness shall cover the earth,
   and thick darkness the peoples;
but the Lord will arise upon you,
   and his glory will appear over you.
 Nations shall come to your light,
   and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
 Lift up your eyes and look around;
   they all gather together, they come to you;
your sons shall come from far away,
   and your daughters shall be carried on their nurses’ arms.
 Then you shall see and be radiant;
   your heart shall thrill and rejoice,
because the abundance of the sea shall be brought to you,
   the wealth of the nations shall come to you.
 A multitude of camels shall cover you,
   the young camels of Midian and Ephah;
   all those from Sheba shall come.
They shall bring gold and frankincense,
   and shall proclaim the praise of the Lord.
 All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered to you,
   the rams of Nebaioth shall minister to you;
they shall be acceptable on my altar,
   and I will glorify my glorious house.
 Who are these that fly like a cloud,
   and like doves to their windows?
 For the coastlands shall wait for me,
   the ships of Tarshish first,
to bring your children from far away,
   their silver and gold with them,
for the name of the Lord your God,
   and for the Holy One of Israel,
   because he has glorified you.

Psalm 132
    Lord, remember for David
   all the hardships he endured;
    How he swore an oath to the Lord
   and vowed a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob:
    ‘I will not come within the shelter of my house,
   nor climb up into my bed;
    ‘I will not allow my eyes to sleep,
   nor let my eyelids slumber,
    ‘Until I find a place for the Lord,
   a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.’
    Now, we heard of the ark in Ephrathah
   and found it in the fields of Ja-ar.
    Let us enter his dwelling place
   and fall low before his footstool.
    Arise, O Lord, into your resting place,
   you and the ark of your strength.
    Let your priests be clothed with righteousness
   and your faithful ones sing with joy.
      For your servant David’s sake,
   turn not away the face of your anointed.
      The Lord has sworn an oath to David,
   a promise from which he will not shrink:
      ‘Of the fruit of your body
   shall I set upon your throne.
      ‘If your children keep my covenant
      and my testimonies that I shall teach them,
   their children also shall sit upon your throne for evermore.’
      For the Lord has chosen Zion for himself;
   he has desired her for his habitation:
      ‘This shall be my resting place for ever;
   here will I dwell, for I have longed for her.
      ‘I will abundantly bless her provision;
   her poor will I satisfy with bread.
      ‘I will clothe her priests with salvation,
   and her faithful ones shall rejoice and sing.
      ‘There will I make a horn to spring up for David;
   I will keep a lantern burning for my anointed.
      ‘As for his enemies, I will clothe them with shame;
   but on him shall his crown be bright.’