the way to the stable

The Adoration of the Magi, Mantegna Andrea 15th century


O God our Creator,
   in you alone are the riches of life.
We come from the East and we come from the West
   believing we follow, on our different roads,
   the same star to the same place.
May we share what we know of its light,
   learn from each other the way to the stable,
   worship you, our only wealth,
   and serve the world with the Gospel gold.
We make our prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord.

prayer from Sri Lanka & United Kingdom


After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.


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