As Epiphanytide draws to a close, I thought I might post the blessings at Epiphany Matins – which are in rhyme, as usual – from the Ambrosian Breviary of old, asking a blessing from Christ at his Manifestation to the Gentiles:
Nos defendat a pœnis inferni
cui tulerunt munera Magi. R/. Amen.
Per apparitionem stellæ
perducat nos Dominus ad gaudia vitæ. R/. Amen.
Christus lux lucis
det nobis gaudia pacis. R/. Amen.
Qui in Jordane est baptizatus,
nostros deleat ipse reatus. R/. Amen.
Filius Dei vivi
faciat nos per omnia placere sibi. R/. Amen.
Christus Rex regum
nos faciat vivere secum. R/. Amen.
Christi Jesu Stella vera
illuminet sensus et corda nostra. R/. Amen.
Jesus Deus noster
benedicat nos et nunc et semper. R/. Amen.
(May He defend us from the pains of hell,
to Whom the Magi brought gifts. R/. Amen.
By the apparition of a star
may the Lord bring us to the joys of life. R/. Amen.
May Christ the Light of Light
give us the joy of peace. R/. Amen.
May He Who was baptized in the Jordan
Himself efface our guilt. R/. Amen.
May the Son of the living God
make us to please Him in all things. R/. Amen.
May Christ the King of kings
make us to live with Him. R/. Amen.
May the true Star of Christ Jesus
enlighten our minds and hearts. R/. Amen.
May Jesus our God
bless us both now and ever. R/. Amen.)