Patristic / Medieval
Chrysostom (On the Holy Name)
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Matthew Henry (Gospel)
Matthew Henry (Epistle)
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Keble poem - Christmas 2 from The Christian Year
- Table of
Lessons -Canadian BCP
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Almighty God, who madest thy blessed Son to be circumcised, and obedient to the law for man: Grant us the true circumcision of the Spirit; that, our hearts, and all our members, being mortified from all worldly and carnal lusts, we may in all things obey thy blessed will; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
THE EPISTLE. Romans 4. 8
BLESSED is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? For we say, that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision. And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised; that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also: And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised. For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect.
In the Canadian BCP 1962 the following lesson is appointed for the Epistle:
THE LESSON. Isaiah 9. 2
THE people that walked in darkness have seen
a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them
has light shined. Thou hast multiplied the nation, thou has increased
their joy: they joy before thee according to the joy in harvest, and as men
rejoice when they divide the spoil. For thou hast broken the yoke of
his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as
in the day of Midian. For every battle of the warrior is with confused
noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel
of fire. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the
government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful,
Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of
the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the
throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with
judgement and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal
of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
THE GOSPEL. S. Luke 2. 15
AND it came to pass, as the angels were gone
away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, Let us
now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass,
which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and
found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And
when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told
them concerning this child. And all they
that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
But Mary kept all these things in her heart. And the shepherds
returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard
and seen, as it was told unto them. And 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.
O LORD our Governor, how excellent is thy Name in
all the world, / thou that hast set thy glory above the heavens!
2 Out of the
mouth of very babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength, because
of thine enemies, / that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.
3 WHEN I
consider thy heavens, even the work of thy fingers; / the moon and the
stars, which thou hast ordained;
4 What is man,
that thou art mindful of him, / and the son of man, that thou visitest
5 Thou hast
made him but little lower than the angels, / and dost crown him with
glory and worship.
6 Thou makest
him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; / and thou hast put
all things in subjection under his feet;
7 All sheep
and oxen; / yea, and the beasts of the field;
8 The birds of
the air, and the fishes of the sea; / and whatsoever moveth through the
paths of the seas.
9 O LORD our
Governor, / how excellent is thy Name in all the world!
Glory be. Repeat Antiphon.
18 THE LORD is righteous
in all his ways, / and gracious in all his works.
19 The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, / yea, all such as
call upon him faithfully.
20 He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: / and he will hear
their cry, and will help them.
21 The LORD preserveth all them that love him; / but scattereth abroad
all the ungodly.
22 My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD: / and let all flesh give
thanks unto his holy Name for ever and ever..
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