December 31st, 2017

Sunday after Christmas


Collect

Almighty and everlasting God, direct our actions according to Thy good pleasure, that in the name of Thy beloved Son we may be made to abound in good works; through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Collect (LSB)

O God, our Maker and Redeemer, You wonderfully created us and in the incarnation of Your Son yet more wondrously restored our human nature. Grant that we may ever be alive in Him who made Himself to be like us; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Collecta Latina

Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, dirige actus nostros in beneplacito tuo, ut in nomine dilecti filii tui mereamur bonis operibus abundare. Per eundem Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum filium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus sancti Deus. Per omnia secula seculorum, Amen.

Explanation of the Week

A Rod has come forth from the stem of Jesse (Is 11:1-5), the Seed of David whose kingdom shall be established forever (2 Sam 7:1-16). In the fullness of time, God sent forth His Son Jesus to redeem us from the judgment of the Law (Gal 4:1-7). Now He is presented in the temple in fulfillment of the Law and revealed to be "a light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of the people of Israel" (Lk 2:22-40). Christ has enlightened us in baptism, giving us to be adopted as sons of God and heirs of eternal life. Receiving the holy Sacrament of His body and blood, we are prepared to depart this world in peace, for our eyes have seen the salvation of God in Him.

Introit

Antiphon:
Your testimonies are | very sure;*
     holiness adorns Your house, O LORD, for- | ever.
Your throne is established | from of old;*
     You are from ever- | lasting. (Psalm 93:5,2)

Psalm:
The LORD reigns, He is clothed with | majesty;*
     The LORD is | clothed with strength.
Surely the world is es- | tablished,*
     so that it can- | not be moved.
The floods have lifted | up their voice;*
     the floods lift | up their waves.
The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many | waters,*
     than the mighty waves | of the sea. (Psalm 93:1, 3-4)

Gradual

You are fairer than the | sons of men;*
     Grace is poured up- | on Your lips.
I recite my composition concern- | ing the King;*
     my tongue is the pen of a ready | writer. (Psalm 45:1–2)

Verse

Alle- | luia.*
     Alle- | luia.
The LORD reigns, He is clothed with | majesty;*
     the LORD is clothed, He has girded Himself with strength. Alle- | luia. (Psalm 93:1)

Old Testament: Isaiah 11:1-5


The Reign of Jesse’s Offspring

 1 There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse,
      And a Branch shall grow out of his roots.
       2 The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him,
      The Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
      The Spirit of counsel and might,
      The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.
       3 His delight is in the fear of the LORD,
      And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes,
      Nor decide by the hearing of His ears;
       4 But with righteousness He shall judge the poor,
      And decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
      He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth,
      And with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.
       5 Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins,
      And faithfulness the belt of His waist.
      



Old Testament (LSB): Isaiah 11:1-5


The Reign of Jesse’s Offspring

 1 There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse,
      And a Branch shall grow out of his roots.
       2 The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him,
      The Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
      The Spirit of counsel and might,
      The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.
       3 His delight is in the fear of the LORD,
      And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes,
      Nor decide by the hearing of His ears;
       4 But with righteousness He shall judge the poor,
      And decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
      He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth,
      And with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.
       5 Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins,
      And faithfulness the belt of His waist.
      



Epistle: Gal. 4:1-7


 1 Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, 2 but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father. 3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. 4 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born[a] of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” 7 Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of[b] God through Christ.

Footnotes:Galatians 4:4 Or made Galatians 4:7 NU-Text reads through God and omits through Christ.


Gospel: Luke 2:33-40


33 And Joseph and His mother[a] marveled at those things which were spoken of Him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against 35 (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

Anna Bears Witness to the Redeemer
    36 Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity; 37 and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years,[b] who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. 38 And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord,[c] and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem.
The Family Returns to Nazareth
    39 So when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth. 40 And the Child grew and became strong in spirit,[d] filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.

Footnotes:Luke 2:33 NU-Text reads And His father and mother. Luke 2:37 NU-Text reads a widow until she was eighty-four. Luke 2:38 NU-Text reads to God. Luke 2:40 NU-Text omits in spirit.


Matins Psalm(s): Ps. 121


A Song of Ascents.

 1 I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
         From whence comes my help?
 2 My help comes from the LORD,
         Who made heaven and earth.
         
 3 He will not allow your foot to be moved;
         He who keeps you will not slumber.
 4 Behold, He who keeps Israel
         Shall neither slumber nor sleep.
         
 5 The LORD is your keeper;
         The LORD is your shade at your right hand.
 6 The sun shall not strike you by day,
         Nor the moon by night.
         
 7 The LORD shall preserve you from all evil;
         He shall preserve your soul.
 8 The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in
         From this time forth, and even forevermore.



Vespers Psalm(s): Ps. 111


Praise to God for His Faithfulness and Justice

 1 Praise the LORD!
         
         I will praise the LORD with my whole heart,
         In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.
         
 2 The works of the LORD are great,
         Studied by all who have pleasure in them.
 3 His work is honorable and glorious,
         And His righteousness endures forever.
 4 He has made His wonderful works to be remembered;
         The LORD is gracious and full of compassion.
 5 He has given food to those who fear Him;
         He will ever be mindful of His covenant.
 6 He has declared to His people the power of His works,
         In giving them the heritage of the nations.
         
 7 The works of His hands are verity and justice;
         All His precepts are sure.
 8 They stand fast forever and ever,
         And are done in truth and uprightness.
 9 He has sent redemption to His people;
         He has commanded His covenant forever:
         Holy and awesome is His name.
         
 10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
         A good understanding have all those who do His commandments.
         His praise endures forever.



First Reading: Is. 60:1-22


The Gentiles Bless Zion

 1 Arise, shine;
      For your light has come!
      And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you.
       2 For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
      And deep darkness the people;
      But the LORD will arise over you,
      And His glory will be seen upon you.
       3 The Gentiles shall come to your light,
      And kings to the brightness of your rising.
       4 “ Lift up your eyes all around, and see:
      They all gather together, they come to you;
      Your sons shall come from afar,
      And your daughters shall be nursed at your side.
       5 Then you shall see and become radiant,
      And your heart shall swell with joy;
      Because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you,
      The wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you.
       6 The multitude of camels shall cover your land,
      The dromedaries of Midian and Ephah;
      All those from Sheba shall come;
      They shall bring gold and incense,
      And they shall proclaim the praises of the LORD.
       7 All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together to you,
      The rams of Nebaioth shall minister to you;
      They shall ascend with acceptance on My altar,
      And I will glorify the house of My glory.
       8 “ Who are these who fly like a cloud,
      And like doves to their roosts?
       9 Surely the coastlands shall wait for Me;
      And the ships of Tarshish will come first,
      To bring your sons from afar,
      Their silver and their gold with them,
      To the name of the LORD your God,
      And to the Holy One of Israel,
      Because He has glorified you.
       10 “ The sons of foreigners shall build up your walls,
      And their kings shall minister to you;
      For in My wrath I struck you,
      But in My favor I have had mercy on you.
       11 Therefore your gates shall be open continually;
      They shall not be shut day or night,
      That men may bring to you the wealth of the Gentiles,
      And their kings in procession.
       12 For the nation and kingdom which will not serve you shall perish,
      And those nations shall be utterly ruined.
       13 “ The glory of Lebanon shall come to you,
      The cypress, the pine, and the box tree together,
      To beautify the place of My sanctuary;
      And I will make the place of My feet glorious.
       14 Also the sons of those who afflicted you
      Shall come bowing to you,
      And all those who despised you shall fall prostrate at the soles of your feet;
      And they shall call you The City of the LORD,
      Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
       15 “ Whereas you have been forsaken and hated,
      So that no one went through you,
      I will make you an eternal excellence,
      A joy of many generations.
       16 You shall drink the milk of the Gentiles,
      And milk the breast of kings;
      You shall know that I, the LORD, am your Savior
      And your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.
       17 “ Instead of bronze I will bring gold,
      Instead of iron I will bring silver,
      Instead of wood, bronze,
      And instead of stones, iron.
      I will also make your officers peace,
      And your magistrates righteousness.
       18 Violence shall no longer be heard in your land,
      Neither wasting nor destruction within your borders;
      But you shall call your walls Salvation,
      And your gates Praise.

God the Glory of His People

    19 “ The sun shall no longer be your light by day,
      Nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you;
      But the LORD will be to you an everlasting light,
      And your God your glory.
       20 Your sun shall no longer go down,
      Nor shall your moon withdraw itself;
      For the LORD will be your everlasting light,
      And the days of your mourning shall be ended.
       21 Also your people shall all be righteous;
      They shall inherit the land forever,
      The branch of My planting,
      The work of My hands,
      That I may be glorified.
       22 A little one shall become a thousand,
      And a small one a strong nation.
      I, the LORD, will hasten it in its time.”



Second Reading: Luke 1:39-56


Mary Visits Elizabeth

    39 Now Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah, 40 and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. 41 And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. 45 Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”

The Song of Mary

    46 And Mary said:
      “ My soul magnifies the Lord,
       47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
       48 For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant;
      For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.
       49 For He who is mighty has done great things for me,
      And holy is His name.
       50 And His mercy is on those who fear Him
      From generation to generation.
       51 He has shown strength with His arm;
      He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
       52 He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
      And exalted the lowly.
       53 He has filled the hungry with good things,
      And the rich He has sent away empty.
       54 He has helped His servant Israel,
      In remembrance of His mercy,
       55 As He spoke to our fathers,
      To Abraham and to his seed forever.” 56 And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned to her house.



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