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The Octave Day of Christmas


(The Second Sunday after Christmas)







Patristic / Medieval 
Chrysostom (On the Holy Name)


Calvin (Gospel)
Calvin (Epistle)
Calvin (Lesson)
Luther Sermon


Caroline Divines 


Evangelical Revival 
Wesley's Notes (Gospel)
Wesley's Notes (Epistle)
Wesley's Notes (Lesson)
Whitefield (Gospel)


Oxford Movement 
Keble (Gospel)
Williams (Gospel)
Liddon (Gospel)
Blunt's Commentary
Scott's Commentary


  - Sermon 1 (Common Prayer Vol. 6)

  - Sermon 2

Matthew Henry (Gospel)
Matthew Henry (Epistle)
Matthew Henry (Lesson)


Additional Materials  
Keble poem - Christmas 2 from The Christian Year

Daily Readings - Table of Lessons -Canadian BCP

Links to Images of the Nativity
   - Biblical Art on the WWW
   - Textweek



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 him?

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.


GRADUAL.  Ps 145:18-22
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.



Additional Propers for Eucharistic Devotion