Good morning and happy Epiphany to everyone. I was blessed today in that I woke up an hour before my alarm and was able to say lauds very early while the sun was just beginning to rise. There was one star in the sky (from my vantage point) as I looked out my window and the first antiphon was made even more appropriate:
Ante luciferum genitus, et ante saecula, Dominus Salvator noster, hodie mundo apparuit.
I took the day off from work and am now getting ready for Mass. This is a rare occasion for me these days!