096 Christmass 1
Sentence: My eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel. Lk 2.30-32
Collect: Saving God, whose Son, Jesus was presented in the temple and was acclaimed the glory of Israel and the light of the nations: grant that in him we may be presented to you and in the world may reflect his glory; who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my whole being shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations. For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until her vindication shines out like the dawn, and her salvation like a burning torch. The nations shall see your vindication, and all the kings your glory; and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will give. You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. Hear the word of the Lord, thanks be to God.
Psalm 148 APBA p 378
1. Praise the LORD, praise the LORD from heaven:
O praise him in the heights.
2. Praise him, all his angels:
O praise him, all his host.
3. Praise him, sun and moon:
praise him, all you stars of light.
4. Praise him, you highest heaven:
and you waters that are above the heavens.
5. Let them praise the name of the LORD:
for he commanded and they were made.
6. He established them for ever and ever:
he made an ordinance which shall not pass away.
7. O praise the LORD from the earth:
praise him, you sea monsters and all deeps;
8. Fire and hail, mist and snow:
and storm-wind fulfilling his command;
9. Mountains and all hills:
fruit trees and all cedars;
10. Beasts of the wild, and all cattle:
creeping things and winged birds;
11. Kings of the earth, and all peoples:
princes, and all rulers of the world;
12. Young men and maidens:
old folk and children together.
13. Let them praise the name of the LORD:
for his name alone is exalted.
14. His glory is above earth and heaven:
and he has lifted high the horn of his people.
15. Therefore he is the praise of all his servants:
of the children of Israel, a people that is near him. Praise the LORD.
When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God. Hear the word of the Lord, thanks be to God.
Luke 2:22-40 ... Glory to you Lord Jesus Christ.
When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, Joseph and Mary brought Jesus up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, "Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord"), and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, "a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons." Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying, "Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel." And the child's father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, "This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed -- and a sword will pierce your own soul too." There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshipped there with fasting and prayer night and day. At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favour of God was upon him.
For the Gospel of the Lord, praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.