January 3rd, 2019

Christmastide X


First Reading: Is. 63:1-14


 1Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.

 2Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat?

 3I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment.

 4For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come.

 5And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me.

 6And I will tread down the people in mine anger, and make them drunk in my fury, and I will bring down their strength to the earth.

 7I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the LORD, and the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses.

 8For he said, Surely they are my people, children that will not lie: so he was their Saviour.

 9In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.

 10But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.

 11Then he remembered the days of old, Moses, and his people, saying, Where is he that brought them up out of the sea with the shepherd of his flock? where is he that put his holy Spirit within him?

 12That led them by the right hand of Moses with his glorious arm, dividing the water before them, to make himself an everlasting name?

 13That led them through the deep, as an horse in the wilderness, that they should not stumble?

 14As a beast goeth down into the valley, the Spirit of the LORD caused him to rest: so didst thou lead thy people, to make thyself a glorious name.



Second Reading: Luke 2:21-40


 21And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

 22And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord;

 23(As it is written in the law of the LORD, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;)

 24And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.

 25And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.

 26And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ.

 27And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,

 28Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,

 29Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:

 30For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,

 31Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;

 32A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

 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.



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