teach us to look for you

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The Star of Bethlehem, by Edward Burne-Jones, 1890 

Eternal Wisdom,
who made yourself known to the wise men
   as a child,
   in weakness not in power,
   in poverty not in wealth,
   as subject not as a ruler;
teach us to look for you where you are to be found,

and bring us by your mercy
   to your eternal presence,
   for you are alive and reign with the
Father and the Holy Spirit,
God, now and for ever.

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After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

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