Today is Epiphany 2023 – Daily Devotion and Prayer for January 6th


This Daily Devotion covers the first five books of the Bible, Genesis through Deuteronomy also called the Books of Moses or the Pentateuch, in a period of one year in a Monday through Friday format, the Psalms and order of devotion follow those presented in The Treasury of Daily Prayer from Concordia Publishing House.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.


     Hear my prayer, O Lord; give ear to my pleas for mercy!

     In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness! 

     Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan,

     and he hears my voice. 

     Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you;

     He will never permit the righteous to be moved. 

Psalm 45:1-7

1  My heart overflows with a pleasing theme;

I address my verses to the king;

my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe. 

2  You are the most handsome of the sons of men;

grace is poured upon your lips;

therefore God has blessed you forever. 

3  Gird your sword on your thigh, O mighty one,

in your splendor and majesty! 

4  In your majesty ride out victoriously

for the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;

let your right hand teach you awesome deeds! 

5  Your arrows are sharp in the heart of the king’s enemies;

the peoples fall under you. 

6  Your throne, O God, is forever and ever.

The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness; 

7  you have loved righteousness and hated wickedness.

Therefore God, your God, has anointed you

with the oil of gladness beyond your companions; 

Reading Ex 29:15-35

15 “And you will take the one ram, and Aaron and his sons will lay their hands on the head of the ram. 16 And you will slaughter the ram and take its blood and sprinkle it on the altar all around. 17 And you will cut the ram into pieces and wash its inner parts, and you will put its legs with its pieces and with its head. 18 And you will turn into smoke on the altar all of the ram; it is a burnt offering for Yahweh; it is a smell of appeasement, an offering by fire for Yahweh.

19 “And you will take the second ram, and Aaron and his sons will lay their hands on the head of the ram. 20 And you will slaughter the ram and take some of its blood and put it on Aaron’s right earlobe and on the right earlobe of his sons and on the thumb of their right hand and on ?the big toe? of their right foot, and you will sprinkle the blood at the base of the altar all around. 21 And you will take some of the blood that is on the altar and some of the anointing oil, and you will spatter it on Aaron and on his garments and on his sons and on his sons’ garments with him, and he will be sacred, and his garments and his sons and his sons’ garments with him. 22 And you will take from the ram the fat and the fat tail and the fat covering the inner parts and the lobe of the liver and the two kidneys and the fat that is on them and the right thigh, because it is the ram of ordination.

23 “And one loaf of bread and one ring-shaped bread cake of oiled bread and one wafer from the basket of unleavened bread that is before Yahweh— 24 you will put them all on the palms of Aaron and on the palms of his sons, and you will wave them as a wave offering before Yahweh. 25 And you will take them from their hand and turn them to smoke on the altar beside the burnt offering as a fragrance of appeasement before Yahweh; it is an offering made by fire before Yahweh.

26 “And you will take the breast section from the ram of ordination that is for Aaron, and you will wave it as a wave offering before Yahweh. It will be your portion. 27 And you will consecrate the wave offering breast section and the thigh of the contribution that was waved and that was presented from the ram of the ordination that is for Aaron and for his sons. 28 And it will be for Aaron and for his sons as a lasting rule from the ?Israelites?, because it is a contribution, and it will be a contribution from the ?Israelites? from their sacrifices of fellowship, their contribution to Yahweh.

29 “And the holy garments that are for Aaron will be for his sons after him in which to anoint them and ?to ordain them?. 30 Seven days the priest who replaces him from among his sons will wear them, who comes to the tent of assembly to serve in the sanctuary. 31 And you will take the ram of ordination and boil its meat in a holy place. 32 And Aaron and his sons will eat the meat of the ram and the bread that is in the basket at the entrance of the tent of assembly. 33 And they will eat them—the things by which atonement was made for them to ordain them to consecrate them—and a stranger will not eat them because they are holy objects. 34 If any remains until morning from the ordination meat or from the bread, you will burn the remainder in fire; it will not be eaten, because it is a holy object. 35 And you will do so for Aaron and for his sons, according to all that I have commanded you; seven days you will ordain them.

Lord’s Prayer

Daily Prayer

     O God, by the leading of a star You made known Your only-begotten Son to the Gentiles.  Lead us, who know You by faith, to enjoy in heaven the fulness of Your divine presence; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Concluding Prayer

Heavenly Father, send Your Holy Spirit into our hearts to direct and rule us according to Your will, to comfort us in all our afflictions, to defend us from all error, and to lead us into all truth; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.