January 19, 2020
The Second Sunday after Epiphany
Today’s gospel opens with further reflection on Jesus’ baptism. He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, and the one anointed by the Spirit. In the liturgy we come and see Christ revealed among us in word and meal. We go forth to invite others to come and worship the Holy One, and to receive the gifts of grace and peace made known among us.
An icon of the calling of
Phillip and Nathaniel.
PRAYER OF THE DAY
Holy God, our strength and our redeemer, by Your Spirit hold us forever, that through Your grace we may worship You and faithfully serve You, follow You and joyfully find You, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
1 Corinthians 1:1–9
Festivals and Commemorations this week
The faithful are remembered on the day of their death, the day they are born anew in heaven. The "c" indicates an approximate date.
January 19 Henry, Bishop of Uppsala, martyr, died 1156
Henry, an Englishman, became bishop of Uppsala, Sweden, in 1152 and is regarded as the patron of Finland. He traveled to Finland with the king of Sweden on a mission trip and remained there to organize the church. He was murdered in Finland by a man he had rebuked and who was disciplined by the church. Henry’s burial place became a center of pilgrimage. His popularity as a saint is strong in both Sweden and Finland.
January 21 Agnes, martyr, died around 304
Agnes was a girl of about thirteen living in Rome, who had chosen a life of service to Christ as a virgin, despite the Roman emperor Diocletian’s ruling that outlawed all Christian activity. The details of her martyrdom are not clear, but she gave witness to her faith and was put to death as a result, most likely by the sword. Since her death, the church has honored her as one of the chief martyrs of her time.
January 25 Conversion of Paul
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity ends
Today the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity comes to an end. The church remembers how a man of Tarsus named Saul, a former persecutor of the early Christian church, was turned around by God’s grace to become one of its chief preachers. The risen Christ appeared to Paul on the road to Damascus and called him to proclaim the gospel. The narratives describing Paul’s conversion in the Acts of the Apostles, Galatians, and 1 Corinthians inspire this commemoration, which was first celebrated among the Christians of Gaul.