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


Righteous Reign of the Branch

    1Then a (A)shoot will spring from the (B)stem of Jesse,
         And a (C)branch from (D)his roots will bear fruit.
    2The (E)Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him,
         The spirit of (F)wisdom and understanding,
         The spirit of counsel and (G)strength,
         The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.
    3And He will delight in the fear of the LORD,
         And He will not judge by what His eyes (H)see,
         Nor make a decision by what His ears hear;
    4But with (I)righteousness He will judge the (J)poor,
         And decide with fairness for the (K)afflicted of the earth;
         And He will strike the earth with the (L)rod of His mouth,
         And with the (M)breath of His lips He will slay the wicked.
    5Also (N)righteousness will be the belt about His loins,
         And (O)faithfulness the belt about His waist.

Cross references:Isaiah 11:1 : Is 4:2; 53:2 Isaiah 11:1 : Is 9:7; 11:10; Acts 13:23 Isaiah 11:1 : Is 6:13; Jer 23:5; Zech 3:8 Isaiah 11:1 : Rev 5:5; 22:16 Isaiah 11:2 : Is 42:1; 48:16; 61:1; Matt 3:16; John 1:32 Isaiah 11:2 : John 16:13; 1 Cor 1:30; Eph 1:17, 18 Isaiah 11:2 : 2 Tim 1:7 Isaiah 11:3 : John 2:25; 7:24 Isaiah 11:4 : Is 9:7; 16:5; 32:1 Isaiah 11:4 : Ps 72:2, 13, 14; Is 3:14 Isaiah 11:4 : Is 29:19; 32:7; 61:1 Isaiah 11:4 : Ps 2:9; Is 49:2; Mal 4:6 Isaiah 11:4 : Job 4:9; Is 30:28, 33; 2 Thess 2:8 Isaiah 11:5 : Eph 6:14 Isaiah 11:5 : Is 25:1


Old Testament: Isaiah 11:1-5


Righteous Reign of the Branch

    1Then a (A)shoot will spring from the (B)stem of Jesse,
         And a (C)branch from (D)his roots will bear fruit.
    2The (E)Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him,
         The spirit of (F)wisdom and understanding,
         The spirit of counsel and (G)strength,
         The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.
    3And He will delight in the fear of the LORD,
         And He will not judge by what His eyes (H)see,
         Nor make a decision by what His ears hear;
    4But with (I)righteousness He will judge the (J)poor,
         And decide with fairness for the (K)afflicted of the earth;
         And He will strike the earth with the (L)rod of His mouth,
         And with the (M)breath of His lips He will slay the wicked.
    5Also (N)righteousness will be the belt about His loins,
         And (O)faithfulness the belt about His waist.

Cross references:Isaiah 11:1 : Is 4:2; 53:2 Isaiah 11:1 : Is 9:7; 11:10; Acts 13:23 Isaiah 11:1 : Is 6:13; Jer 23:5; Zech 3:8 Isaiah 11:1 : Rev 5:5; 22:16 Isaiah 11:2 : Is 42:1; 48:16; 61:1; Matt 3:16; John 1:32 Isaiah 11:2 : John 16:13; 1 Cor 1:30; Eph 1:17, 18 Isaiah 11:2 : 2 Tim 1:7 Isaiah 11:3 : John 2:25; 7:24 Isaiah 11:4 : Is 9:7; 16:5; 32:1 Isaiah 11:4 : Ps 72:2, 13, 14; Is 3:14 Isaiah 11:4 : Is 29:19; 32:7; 61:1 Isaiah 11:4 : Ps 2:9; Is 49:2; Mal 4:6 Isaiah 11:4 : Job 4:9; Is 30:28, 33; 2 Thess 2:8 Isaiah 11:5 : Eph 6:14 Isaiah 11:5 : Is 25:1


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


Sonship in Christ

 1Now I say, as long as the heir is a child, he does not differ at all from a slave although he is owner of everything,

 2but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by the father.

 3So also we, while we were children, were held (A)in bondage under the (B)elemental things of the world.

 4But when (C)the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, (D)born of a woman, born (E)under the Law,

 5so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as (F)sons.

 6Because you are sons, (G)God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, "(H)Abba! Father!"

 7Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and (I)if a son, then an heir through God.

Cross references:Galatians 4:3 : Gal 2:4; 4:8, 24 Galatians 4:3 : Gal 4:9; Col 2:8, 20; Heb 5:12 Galatians 4:4 : Mark 1:15 Galatians 4:4 : John 1:14; Rom 1:3; 8:3; Phil 2:7 Galatians 4:4 : Luke 2:21, 27 Galatians 4:5 : Rom 8:14; Gal 3:26 Galatians 4:6 : Acts 16:7; Rom 5:5; 8:9, 16; 2 Cor 3:17 Galatians 4:6 : Mark 14:36; Rom 8:15 Galatians 4:7 : Rom 8:17


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 His father and (A)mother were amazed at the things which were being said about Him.

 34And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary (B)His mother, "Behold, this Child is appointed for (C)the fall and rise of many in Israel, and for a sign to be opposed--

 35and a sword will pierce even your own soul--to the end that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed."

 36And there was a (D)prophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of (E)the tribe of Asher She was advanced in years (F)and had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage,

 37and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple, serving night and day with (G)fastings and prayers.

 38At that very moment she came up and began giving thanks to God, and continued to speak of Him to all those who were (H)looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.

Return to Nazareth
 39When they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to (I)their own city of Nazareth.

 40(J)The Child continued to grow and become strong, increasing in wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.

Cross references:Luke 2:33 : Matt 12:46 Luke 2:34 : Matt 12:46 Luke 2:34 : Matt 21:44; 1 Cor 1:23; 2 Cor 2:16; 1 Pet 2:8 Luke 2:36 : Luke 2:38; Acts 21:9 Luke 2:36 : Josh 19:24 Luke 2:36 : 1 Tim 5:9 Luke 2:37 : Luke 5:33; Acts 13:3; 14:23; 1 Tim 5:5 Luke 2:38 : Luke 1:68; 2:25 Luke 2:39 : Matt 2:23; Luke 1:26; 2:51; 4:16 Luke 2:40 : Luke 1:80; 2:52


Matins Psalm(s): Ps. 121


The LORD the Keeper of Israel.

A Song of Ascents.

    1I will (A)lift up my eyes to (B)the mountains;
         From where shall my help come?
    2My (C)help comes from the LORD,
         Who (D)made heaven and earth.
    3He will not (E)allow your foot to slip;
         He who (F)keeps you will not slumber.
    4Behold, He who keeps Israel
         Will neither slumber nor sleep.
    5The LORD is your (G)keeper;
         The LORD is your (H)shade on your right hand.
    6The (I)sun will not smite you by day,
         Nor the moon by night.
    7The LORD will [a](J)protect you from all evil;
         He will keep your soul.
    8The LORD will [b](K)guard your going out and your coming in
         (L)From this time forth and forever.

Footnotes:Psalm 121:7 Or keep Psalm 121:8 Or keep
Cross references:Psalm 121:1 : Ps 123:1; Is 40:26 Psalm 121:1 : Ps 87:1 Psalm 121:2 : Ps 124:8 Psalm 121:2 : Ps 115:15 Psalm 121:3 : 1 Sam 2:9; Ps 66:9 Psalm 121:3 : Ps 41:2; 127:1; Is 27:3 Psalm 121:5 : Ps 91:4 Psalm 121:5 : Ps 16:8; 91:1; Is 25:4 Psalm 121:6 : Ps 91:5; Is 49:10; Jon 4:8; Rev 7:16 Psalm 121:7 : Ps 41:2; 91:10-12 Psalm 121:8 : Deut 28:6 Psalm 121:8 : Ps 113:2; 115:18


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


Observances of Fasts
    1"(A)Cry loudly, do not hold back;
         Raise your voice like a trumpet,
         And declare to My people their (B)transgression
         And to the house of Jacob their sins.
    2"Yet they (C)seek Me day by day and delight to know My ways,
         As a nation that has done (D)righteousness
         And (E)has not forsaken the ordinance of their God
         They ask Me for just decisions,
         They delight (F)in the nearness of God.
    3'Why have we (G)fasted and You do not see?
         Why have we humbled ourselves and You do not notice?'
         Behold, on the (H)day of your fast you find your desire,
         And drive hard all your workers.
    4"Behold, you fast for contention and (I)strife and to strike with a wicked fist
         You do not fast like you do today to (J)make your voice heard on high.
    5"Is it a fast like this which I choose, a day for a man to humble himself?
         Is it for bowing one's head like a reed
         And for spreading out (K)sackcloth and ashes as a bed?
         Will you call this a fast, even an (L)acceptable day to the LORD?
    6"Is this not the fast which I choose,
         To (M)loosen the bonds of wickedness,
         To undo the bands of the yoke,
         And to (N)let the oppressed go free
         And (O)break every yoke?
    7"Is it not to (P)divide your bread with the hungry
         And (Q)bring the homeless poor into the house;
         When you see the (R)naked, to cover him;
         And not to (S)hide yourself from your own flesh?
    8"Then your (T)light will break out like the dawn,
         And your (U)recovery will speedily spring forth;
         And your (V)righteousness will go before you;
         The glory of the (W)LORD will be your rear guard.
    9"Then you will (X)call, and the LORD will answer;
         You will cry, and He will say, 'Here I am '
         If you (Y)remove the yoke from your midst,
         The (Z)pointing of the finger and (AA)speaking wickedness,
    10And if you (AB)give yourself to the hungry
         And satisfy the desire of the afflicted,
         Then your (AC)light will rise in darkness
         And your gloom will become like midday.
    11"And the (AD)LORD will continually guide you,
         And (AE)satisfy your desire in scorched places,
         And (AF)give strength to your bones;
         And you will be like a (AG)watered garden,
         And like a (AH)spring of water whose waters do not fail.
    12"Those from among you will (AI)rebuild the ancient ruins;
         You will (AJ)raise up the age-old foundations;
         And you will be called the repairer of the (AK)breach,
         The restorer of the streets in which to dwell.
Keeping the Sabbath
    13"If because of the sabbath, you (AL)turn your foot
         From doing your own pleasure on My holy day,
         And call the sabbath a (AM)delight, the holy day of the LORD honorable,
         And honor it, desisting from your (AN)own ways,
         From seeking your own pleasure
         And (AO)speaking your own word,
    14Then you will take (AP)delight in the LORD,
         And I will make you ride (AQ)on the heights of the earth;
         And I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father,
         For the (AR)mouth of the LORD has spoken."
Separation from God
    1Behold, (AS)the LORD'S hand is not so short
         That it cannot save;
         (AT)Nor is His ear so dull
         That it cannot hear.
    2But your (AU)iniquities have made a separation between you and your God,
         And your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does (AV)not hear.
    3For your (AW)hands are defiled with blood
         And your fingers with iniquity;
         Your lips have spoken (AX)falsehood,
         Your tongue mutters wickedness.

Cross references:Isaiah 58:1 : Is 40:6 Isaiah 58:1 : Is 43:27; 50:1; 59:12 Isaiah 58:2 : Is 1:11; Titus 1:16 Isaiah 58:2 : Is 48:1; Jer 7:9, 10 Isaiah 58:2 : Is 1:4, 28; 59:13 Isaiah 58:2 : Ps 119:151; Is 29:13; 57:3; James 4:8 Isaiah 58:3 : Mal 3:14; Luke 18:12 Isaiah 58:3 : Is 22:12, 13; Zech 7:5, 6 Isaiah 58:4 : Is 3:14, 15; 59:6 Isaiah 58:4 : Is 1:15; 59:2; Joel 2:12-14 Isaiah 58:5 : 1 Kin 21:27 Isaiah 58:5 : Is 49:8; 61:2 Isaiah 58:6 : Neh 5:10-12; Jer 34:8 Isaiah 58:6 : Is 1:17 Isaiah 58:6 : Is 58:9 Isaiah 58:7 : Job 31:19, 20; Is 58:10; Ezek 18:7, 16 Isaiah 58:7 : Is 16:3, 4; Heb 13:2 Isaiah 58:7 : Matt 25:35, 36; Luke 3:11 Isaiah 58:7 : Deut 22:1-4; Luke 10:31, 32 Isaiah 58:8 : Is 58:10 Isaiah 58:8 : Is 30:26; 33:24; Jer 30:17; 33:6 Isaiah 58:8 : Ps 85:13; Is 62:1 Isaiah 58:8 : Ex 14:19; Is 52:12 Isaiah 58:9 : Ps 50:15; Is 55:6; 65:24 Isaiah 58:9 : Is 58:6 Isaiah 58:9 : Prov 6:13 Isaiah 58:9 : Ps 12:2; Is 59:13 Isaiah 58:10 : Deut 15:7; Is 58:7 Isaiah 58:10 : Job 11:17; Ps 37:6; Is 42:16; 58:8 Isaiah 58:11 : Is 49:10; 57:18 Isaiah 58:11 : Ps 107:9; Is 41:17 Isaiah 58:11 : Is 66:14 Isaiah 58:11 : Song 4:15; Is 27:3; Jer 31:12 Isaiah 58:11 : John 4:14; 7:38 Isaiah 58:12 : Is 49:8; 61:4; Ezek 36:10 Isaiah 58:12 : Is 44:28 Isaiah 58:12 : Is 30:13; Amos 9:11 Isaiah 58:13 : Ex 31:16, 17; 35:2, 3; Is 56:2, 4, 6; Jer 17:21-27 Isaiah 58:13 : Ps 27:4; 42:4; 84:2, 10 Isaiah 58:13 : Is 55:8 Isaiah 58:13 : Is 59:13 Isaiah 58:14 : Job 22:26; Is 61:10 Isaiah 58:14 : Deut 32:13; 33:29; Is 33:16; Hab 3:19 Isaiah 58:14 : Is 1:20; 40:5 Isaiah 59:1 : Num 11:23; Is 50:2; Jer 32:17 Isaiah 59:1 : Is 58:9; 65:24; Ezek 8:18 Isaiah 59:2 : Is 1:15; 50:1 Isaiah 59:2 : Is 58:4 Isaiah 59:3 : Is 1:15, 21; Jer 2:30, 34; Ezek 7:23; Hos 4:2 Isaiah 59:3 : Is 28:15; 30:9; 59:13





    14Then you will take (A)delight in the LORD,
         And I will make you ride (B)on the heights of the earth;
         And I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father,
         For the (C)mouth of the LORD has spoken."

Cross references:Isaiah 58:14 : Job 22:26; Is 61:10 Isaiah 58:14 : Deut 32:13; 33:29; Is 33:16; Hab 3:19 Isaiah 58:14 : Is 1:20; 40:5


Vespers Psalm(s): Ps. 111


The LORD Praised for His Goodness.

    1Praise the LORD!
         I (A)will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart,
         In the (B)company of the upright and in the assembly.
    2(C)Great are the works of the LORD;
         They are (D)studied by all who delight in them.
    3(E)Splendid and majestic is His work,
         And (F)His righteousness endures forever.
    4He has made His wonders to be remembered;
         The LORD is (G)gracious and compassionate.
    5He has (H)given food to those who [a]fear Him;
         He will (I)remember His covenant forever.
    6He has made known to His people the power of His works,
         In giving them the heritage of the nations.
    7The works of His hands are (J)truth and justice;
         All His precepts (K)are sure.
    8They are (L)upheld forever and ever;
         They are performed in (M)truth and uprightness.
    9He has sent (N)redemption to His people;
         He has ordained His covenant forever;
         (O)Holy and awesome is His name.
    10The [b](P)fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
         A (Q)good understanding have all those who do His commandments;
         His (R)praise endures forever.

Footnotes:Psalm 111:5 Or revere Psalm 111:10 Or reverence for
Cross references:Psalm 111:1 : Ps 35:18; 138:1 Psalm 111:1 : Ps 89:7; 149:1 Psalm 111:2 : Ps 92:5 Psalm 111:2 : Ps 143:5 Psalm 111:3 : Ps 96:6; 145:5 Psalm 111:3 : Ps 112:3, 9; 119:142 Psalm 111:4 : Ps 86:5, 15; 103:8; 145:8 Psalm 111:5 : Matt 6:31-33 Psalm 111:5 : Ps 105:8 Psalm 111:7 : Rev 15:3 Psalm 111:7 : Ps 19:7; 93:5 Psalm 111:8 : Ps 119:160; Is 40:8; Matt 5:18 Psalm 111:8 : Ps 19:9 Psalm 111:9 : Luke 1:68 Psalm 111:9 : Ps 99:3; Luke 1:49 Psalm 111:10 : Job 28:28; Prov 1:7; 9:10; Eccl 12:13 Psalm 111:10 : Ps 119:98; Prov 3:4 Psalm 111:10 : Ps 145:2


Second Reading: Luke 1:26-38


Jesus' Birth Foretold

 26Now in the sixth month the angel (A)Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called (B)Nazareth,

 27to (C)a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, (D)of the descendants of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.

 28And coming in, he said to her, "Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you."

 29But she (E)was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was.

 30The angel said to her, "(F)Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God.

 31"And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you (G)shall name Him Jesus.

 32"He will be great and will be called the Son of (H)the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him (I)the throne of His father David;

 33(J)and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, (K)and His kingdom will have no end."

 34Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I am a virgin?"

 35The angel answered and said to her, "(L)The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of (M)the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason (N)the holy Child shall be called (O)the Son of God.

 36"And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and she who was called barren is now in her sixth month.

 37"For (P)nothing will be impossible with God."

 38And Mary said, "Behold, the [a]bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her.

Footnotes:Luke 1:38 I.e. female slave
Cross references:Luke 1:26 : Luke 1:19 Luke 1:26 : Matt 2:23 Luke 1:27 : Matt 1:18 Luke 1:27 : Matt 1:16, 20; Luke 2:4 Luke 1:29 : Luke 1:12 Luke 1:30 : Matt 14:27; Luke 1:13 Luke 1:31 : Is 7:14; Matt 1:21, 25; Luke 2:21 Luke 1:32 : Mark 5:7; Luke 1:35, 76; 6:35; Acts 7:48 Luke 1:32 : 2 Sam 7:12, 13, 16; Is 9:7 Luke 1:33 : Matt 1:1 Luke 1:33 : 2 Sam 7:13, 16; Ps 89:36, 37; Dan 2:44; 7:14, 18, 27; Matt 28:18 Luke 1:35 : Matt 1:18 Luke 1:35 : Luke 1:32 Luke 1:35 : Mark 1:24 Luke 1:35 : Matt 4:3; John 1:34, 49; 20:31 Luke 1:37 : Gen 18:14; Jer 32:17; Matt 19:26


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