December 30th, 2018

Sunday after Christmas


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)

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.

Collect (TLH)

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.

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.

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


The Righteous Reign of the Branch

 1There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of(A) Jesse,
   and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. 2And(B) 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 the fear of the LORD. 3And his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD.(C) He shall not judge by(D) what his eyes see,
   or decide disputes by what his ears hear, 4but(E) with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
   and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;and he shall(F) strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
   and(G) with the breath of his lips(H) he shall kill the wicked. 5Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist,
   and(I) faithfulness the belt of his loins.

Cross references:Isaiah 11:1 : Isaiah 11:10; Acts 13:23 Isaiah 11:2 : Isaiah 61:1; Matt 3:16; Mark 1:10; Luke 3:22 Isaiah 11:3 : John 7:24 Isaiah 11:3 : Eccles 1:8 Isaiah 11:4 : Psalm 72:2, 4 Isaiah 11:4 : Psalm 2:9; Mal 4:6 Isaiah 11:4 : Job 4:9; 2 Thess 2:8 Isaiah 11:4 : Psalm 139:19 Isaiah 11:5 : Eph 6:14


Old Testament: Isaiah 11:1-5


The Righteous Reign of the Branch

 1There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of(A) Jesse,
   and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. 2And(B) 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 the fear of the LORD. 3And his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD.(C) He shall not judge by(D) what his eyes see,
   or decide disputes by what his ears hear, 4but(E) with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
   and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;and he shall(F) strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
   and(G) with the breath of his lips(H) he shall kill the wicked. 5Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist,
   and(I) faithfulness the belt of his loins.

Cross references:Isaiah 11:1 : Isaiah 11:10; Acts 13:23 Isaiah 11:2 : Isaiah 61:1; Matt 3:16; Mark 1:10; Luke 3:22 Isaiah 11:3 : John 7:24 Isaiah 11:3 : Eccles 1:8 Isaiah 11:4 : Psalm 72:2, 4 Isaiah 11:4 : Psalm 2:9; Mal 4:6 Isaiah 11:4 : Job 4:9; 2 Thess 2:8 Isaiah 11:4 : Psalm 139:19 Isaiah 11:5 : Eph 6:14


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)

Epistle: Gal. 4:1-7


Sons and Heirs

 1I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave,[a] though he is the owner of everything, 2but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father. 3In the same way we also, when we were children,(A) were enslaved to the elementary principles[b] of the world. 4But(B) when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son,(C) born(D) of woman, born(E) under the law, 5(F) to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive(G) adoption as sons. 6And because you are sons, God has sent(H) the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" 7So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then(I) an heir through God.

Footnotes:Galatians 4:1 Greek bondservant; also verse 7 Galatians 4:3 Or elemental spirits; also verse 9
Cross references:Galatians 4:3 : Galatians 2:4 Galatians 4:4 : 1 Tim 2:6; Mark 1:15 Galatians 4:4 : Phil 2:7; John 1:14 Galatians 4:4 : 1 Tim 2:15; Gen 3:15 Galatians 4:4 : Luke 2:21, 22, 27 Galatians 4:5 : Galatians 3:13 Galatians 4:5 : Galatians 3:26; Rom 8:15 Galatians 4:6 : Rom 5:5; 2 Cor 3:17; Acts 16:7 Galatians 4:7 : Galatians 3:29


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)

Gospel: Luke 2:33-40


 33And(A) his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. 34And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is appointed(B) for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign(C) that is opposed 35(and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed."

 36And there was(D) a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, 37and then as a widow until she was eighty-four.[a] She did not depart from the temple,(E) worshiping with(F) fasting and prayer night and day. 38And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were(G) waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.

The Return to Nazareth
 39And when they had performed everything according to(H) the Law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own town of(I) Nazareth. 40(J) And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.

Footnotes:Luke 2:37 Or as a widow for eighty-four years
Cross references:Luke 2:33 : Luke 2:27 Luke 2:34 : Isa 8:14; Matt 21:44; John 9:39; 1 Cor 1:23, 24; 2 Cor 2:16; 1 Pet 2:8, 9 Luke 2:34 : Acts 28:22 Luke 2:36 : Exodus 15:20 Luke 2:37 : 1 Tim 5:5 Luke 2:37 : Luke 5:33; Matt 6:16-18; Acts 13:2; 14:23; 2 Cor 6:5; 11:27 Luke 2:38 : Luke 2:25; Luke 1:68 Luke 2:39 : Luke 2:23 Luke 2:39 : Luke 2:4 Luke 2:40 : Luke 1:80


Matins Psalm(s): Ps. 121


My Help Comes from the LORD

A Song of(A) Ascents.

 1I(B) lift up my eyes to(C) the hills.
   From where does my help come? 2(D) My help comes from the LORD,
   who(E) made heaven and earth.

 3He will not(F) let your foot be moved;
   he who(G) keeps you will not slumber. 4Behold, he who keeps Israel
   will neither slumber nor sleep.

 5The LORD is your keeper;
   the LORD is your(H) shade on your(I) right hand. 6(J) The sun shall not(K) strike you by day,
   nor the moon by night.

 7The LORD will(L) keep you from all evil;
   he will keep your life. 8The LORD will keep
   your(M) going out and your coming in
   from this time forth and forevermore.

Cross references:Psalm 121:1 : Psalm 120, title Psalm 121:1 : Psalm 123:1 Psalm 121:1 : Psalm 87:1; 133:3; Jer 3:23; Psalm 48:1 Psalm 121:2 : Psalm 124:8; Psalm 20:2 Psalm 121:2 : Psalm 115:15 Psalm 121:3 : Psalm 66:9; Prov 3:23, 26; 1 Sam 2:9 Psalm 121:3 : Psalm 41:2; 127:1; Isa 27:3; Psalm 97:10 Psalm 121:5 : Psalm 91:1 Psalm 121:5 : Psalm 16:8 Psalm 121:6 : Isa 49:10; Rev 7:16 Psalm 121:6 : 2 Kgs 4:19; Jonah 4:8 Psalm 121:7 : Psalms 42:3 Psalm 121:8 : Deut 28:6; 31:2; Num 27:17; 1 Sam 29:6; 1 Kgs 3:7; Acts 1:21


First Reading: Is. 58:1-59:3; Is. 58:14-21


True and False Fasting

 1"Cry aloud; do not hold back;
   (A) lift up your voice like a trumpet;(B) declare to my people their transgression,
   to the house of Jacob their sins. 2(C) Yet they seek me daily
   and delight to know my ways,as if they were a nation that did righteousness
   and did not forsake the judgment of their God;they ask of me righteous judgments;
   they delight to draw near to God. 3(D) 'Why have we fasted, and you see it not?
   Why have we humbled ourselves, and you take no knowledge of it?'Behold, in the day of your fast you seek your own pleasure,[a]
   (E) and oppress all your workers. 4Behold, you fast only to quarrel and to fight
   and to hit with a wicked fist.Fasting like yours this day
   will not make your voice to be heard on high. 5(F) Is such the fast that I choose,
   (G) a day for a person to humble himself?Is it to bow down his head like a reed,
   and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him?Will you call this a fast,
   and a day acceptable to the LORD?

 6"Is not this the fast that I choose:
   (H) to loose the bonds of wickedness,
   to undo the straps(I) of the yoke,to let the oppressed[b] go free,
   and to break every yoke? 7Is it not(J) to share your bread with the hungry
   and bring the homeless poor into your house;when you see the naked, to cover him,
   (K) and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? 8(L) Then shall your light break forth like the dawn,
   (M) and your healing shall spring up speedily;(N) your righteousness shall go before you;
   (O) the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. 9Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer;
   you shall cry, and he will say, 'Here I am.'If you take away(P) the yoke from your midst,
   (Q) the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, 10(R) if you pour yourself out for the hungry
   and satisfy the desire of the afflicted,(S) then shall your light rise in the darkness
   and your gloom be as the noonday. 11And the LORD will guide you continually
   and satisfy your desire in scorched places
   and make your bones strong;and you shall be(T) like a watered garden,
   like a spring of water,
   whose waters do not fail. 12(U) And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt;
   you shall raise up the foundations of many generations;you shall be called the repairer of the breach,
   the restorer of streets to dwell in.

 13(V) "If you turn back your foot from the Sabbath,
   from doing your pleasure[c] on my holy day,and call the Sabbath a delight
   and the holy day of the LORD honorable;if you honor it, not going your own ways,
   or seeking(W) your own pleasure,[d] or talking idly;[e] 14then you shall take delight in the LORD,
   (X) and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth;[f](Y) I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father,
   (Z) for the mouth of the LORD has spoken."

Evil and Oppression

 1Behold,(AA) the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save,
   or his ear dull, that it cannot hear; 2(AB) but your iniquities have made a separation
   between you and your God,and your sins have hidden his face from you
   so that he does not hear. 3(AC) For your hands are defiled with blood
   and your fingers with iniquity;your lips have spoken lies;
   your tongue mutters wickedness.

Footnotes:Isaiah 58:3 Or pursue your own business Isaiah 58:6 Or bruised Isaiah 58:13 Or business Isaiah 58:13 Or pursuing your own business Isaiah 58:13 Hebrew or speaking a word Isaiah 58:14 Or of the land
Cross references:Isaiah 58:1 : Lev 25:9; Joel 2:1 Isaiah 58:1 : Mic 3:8 Isaiah 58:2 : Isaiah 1:11; 29:13; Zech 7:5, 6 Isaiah 58:3 : Mal 3:14 Isaiah 58:3 : Isaiah 60:17; Neh 5:1-8 Isaiah 58:5 : Zech 7:5 Isaiah 58:5 : Lev 16:29 Isaiah 58:6 : Neh 5:10-12 Isaiah 58:6 : Isaiah 58:9 Isaiah 58:7 : Isaiah 58:10; Ezek 18:7; Matt 25:35 Isaiah 58:7 : Neh 5:5 Isaiah 58:8 : Job 11:17 Isaiah 58:8 : Jer 30:17 Isaiah 58:8 : Psalm 85:13 Isaiah 58:8 : Isaiah 52:12 Isaiah 58:9 : Isaiah 58:6 Isaiah 58:9 : Prov 6:13 Isaiah 58:10 : Isaiah 58:7, 8 Isaiah 58:10 : Isaiah 58:8 Isaiah 58:11 : Jer 31:12 Isaiah 58:12 : Isaiah 61:4; 65:21; Ezra 6:14; Neh 4:6 Isaiah 58:13 : Isaiah 56:2; Neh 13:15-21 Isaiah 58:13 : Isaiah 58:3 Isaiah 58:14 : Deut 32:13 Isaiah 58:14 : Jer 50:19 Isaiah 58:14 : Isaiah 1:20 Isaiah 59:1 : Isaiah 50:2; Num 11:23 Isaiah 59:2 : Jer 5:25 Isaiah 59:3 : Isaiah 1:15




14then you shall take delight in the LORD,
   (A) and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth;[a](B) I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father,
   (C) for the mouth of the LORD has spoken."

Footnotes:Isaiah 58:14 Or of the land
Cross references:Isaiah 58:14 : Deut 32:13 Isaiah 58:14 : Jer 50:19 Isaiah 58:14 : Isaiah 1:20


Vespers Psalm(s): Ps. 111


Great Are the LORD’s Works

 1[a](A) Praise the LORD!I(B) will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart,
   in the company of(C) the upright, in the congregation. 2Great are the(D) works of the LORD,
   (E) studied by all who delight in them. 3(F) Full of splendor and majesty is his work,
   and his(G) righteousness endures forever. 4He has(H) caused his wondrous works to be remembered;
   the LORD is gracious and merciful. 5He provides food for those who fear him;
   he(I) remembers his covenant forever. 6He has shown his people the power of his works,
   in giving them the inheritance of the nations. 7The works of his hands are faithful and just;
   all his precepts are(J) trustworthy; 8they are(K) established forever and ever,
   to be performed with(L) faithfulness and uprightness. 9He sent(M) redemption to his people;
   he has(N) commanded his covenant forever.
   (O) Holy and awesome is his name! 10(P) The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
   all those who practice it have(Q) a good understanding.
   His(R) praise endures forever!

Footnotes:Psalm 111:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem, each line beginning with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet
Cross references:Psalm 111:1 : Psalm 104:35 Psalm 111:1 : Psalm 138:1 Psalm 111:1 : Psalm 149:1 Psalm 111:2 : Psalm 92:5; Rev 3:2; Psalm 139:14 Psalm 111:2 : Psalm 119:45, 94, 155; Psalm 112:1; 143:5 Psalm 111:3 : Psalm 145:5 Psalm 111:3 : Psalm 112:3, 9 Psalm 111:4 : Psalm 78:4 Psalm 111:5 : Psalm 105:8 Psalm 111:7 : Psalm 93:5; Psalm 19:7 Psalm 111:8 : Isa 40:8; Matt 5:18 Psalm 111:8 : Psalm 19:9; Rev 15:3 Psalm 111:9 : Matt 1:21; Luke 1:68 Psalm 111:9 : Psalm 133:3 Psalm 111:9 : Psalm 99:3; Luke 1:49; Psalm 8:1 Psalm 111:10 : Prov 9:10; Prov 1:7 Psalm 111:10 : Prov 3:4; 13:15; John 7:17 Psalm 111:10 : Psalm 44:8


Second Reading: Luke 1:26-38


Birth of Jesus Foretold

 26In the sixth month the angel(A) Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named(B) Nazareth, 27(C) to a virgin betrothed[a] to a man whose name was Joseph,(D) of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28And he came to her and said, "Greetings,(E) O favored one,(F) the Lord is with you!"[b] 29But(G) she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for(H) you have found favor with God. 31And behold,(I) you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and(J) you shall call his name Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of(K) the Most High. And the Lord God(L) will give to him the throne of(M) his father David, 33and he will reign over the house of Jacob(N) forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end."

 34And Mary said to the angel, "How will this be, since I am a virgin?"[c]

 35And the angel answered her,(O) "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of(P) the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born[d] will be called(Q) holy—(R) the Son of God. 36And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her(S) who was called barren. 37For(T) nothing will be impossible with God." 38And Mary said, "Behold, I am the servant[e] of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word." And(U) the angel departed from her.

Footnotes:Luke 1:27 That is, legally pledged to be married Luke 1:28 Some manuscripts add Blessed are you among women! Luke 1:34 Greek since I do not know a man Luke 1:35 Some manuscripts add of you Luke 1:38 Greek bondservant; also verse 48
Cross references:Luke 1:26 : Luke 1:19 Luke 1:26 : Matt 2:23 Luke 1:27 : Matt 1:16, 18 Luke 1:27 : Luke 2:4; Matt 1:20 Luke 1:28 : Psalm 45:2; Dan 9:23 Luke 1:28 : Judg 6:12 Luke 1:29 : Luke 1:12 Luke 1:30 : Acts 7:46 Luke 1:31 : Isa 7:14 Luke 1:31 : Luke 2:21; Matt 1:21, 25 Luke 1:32 : Luke 1:76; Luke 6:35; Acts 7:48; Mark 5:7 Luke 1:32 : Luke 1:69; 2 Sam 7:11-13, 16; Psalm 89:4; 132:11; Isa 9:6, 7; 16:5; Acts 2:30; Rev 3:7 Luke 1:32 : Matt 1:1 Luke 1:33 : Dan 2:44; 7:14, 18, 27; Heb 1:8; Rev 11:15; John 12:34 Luke 1:35 : Matt 1:18, 20 Luke 1:35 : Luke 1:32 Luke 1:35 : John 6:69 Luke 1:35 : Matt 14:33 Luke 1:36 : Luke 1:7 Luke 1:37 : Gen 18:14 (Gk); Matt 19:26 Luke 1:38 : Judg 6:21; Acts 12:10


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