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


 1And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:

 2And 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;

 3And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:

 4But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.

 5And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.



Old Testament: Isaiah 11:1-5


 1And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:

 2And 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;

 3And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:

 4But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.

 5And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.



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


 1Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;

 2But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.

 3Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:

 4But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

 5To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

 6And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

 7Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.



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 Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.

 34And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against;

 35(Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.

 36And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity;

 37And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.

 38And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.

 39And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.

 40And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.



Matins Psalm(s): Ps. 121


 1I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

 2My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.

 3He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

 4Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

 5The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.

 6The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.

 7The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.

 8The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.



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


 1Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.

 2Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God.

 3Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.

 4Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high.

 5Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD?

 6Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?

 7Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?

 8Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy reward.

 9Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;

 10And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day:

 11And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

 12And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.

 13If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:

 14Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

 1Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:

 2But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

 3For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.





 14Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.



Vespers Psalm(s): Ps. 111


 1Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.

 2The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.

 3His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever.

 4He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.

 5He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant.

 6He hath shewed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.

 7The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure.

 8They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.

 9He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.

 10The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.



Second Reading: Luke 1:26-38


 26And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,

 27To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.

 28And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.

 29And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.

 30And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.

 31And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.

 32He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:

 33And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

 34Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?

 35And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

 36And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.

 37For with God nothing shall be impossible.

 38And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.



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