Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.
Vigil of The Epiphany.
Privileged Octave of The Second-Class.
Illustration: UNA VOCE OF ORANGE COUNTY
Artist: Rene de Cramer.
Used with Permission.
For the third time, an Angel appeared to Joseph (Gospel). He told him to return to Palestine, for Herod had just died in dreadful torment, such as Heaven reserves for those who persecute. His son, Archelaus, on ascending the throne, put to death three thousand of his subjects. ["An Angel of The Lord appeared to him (Joseph) in his sleep, saying: "Joseph, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife" (Gospel of The Vigil of Christmas.) "An Angle of The Lord appeared in sleep to Joseph, saying: "Fly into Egypt, and be there until I shall tell thee." (Gospel of The Holy Innocents.)
Joseph feared for Jesus, and it was under these circumstances that he was once more told in a dream to retire to Nazareth. ["Nazareth", in Hebrew, means "The Flower of Galilee", owing to the beauty of the site on which the town is built.]
Vespers: Commemoration of The Vigil: Puer Jesus. Versicle: Notum fecit Dóminus, allelúia. Responsory: Salutáre suum, allelúia. And Commemoration of Saint Telesphorus: Antiphon: Iste sanctus. Versicle: Glória.
Mass: For The Sunday within The Octave of Christmas.
Gospel: Defúncto Heróde.
Commemoration: Of Saint Telesphorus.
Third Collect: Of The Blessed Virgin Mary.
Preface: For Christmas.