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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Prayer and Scriptures for the Second Sunday after Christmas (2015)

Icon of the Epiphany of Our Lord
Prayer for the Week:
O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share our humanity, your Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Reading from the Revised Common Lectionary:
First reading: Jeremiah 31:7-14
Psalm: Psalm 147:12-20
Second reading: Ephesians 1:3-14
Gospel: John 1:(1-9), 10-18
Additional Gospel Reading: Luke 2:8-20
Nearby shepherds were living in the fields, guarding their sheep at night. The Lord’s angel stood before them, the Lord’s glory shone around them, and they were terrified. 
The angel said, “Don’t be afraid! Look! I bring good news to you—wonderful, joyous news for all people. Your savior is born today in David’s city. He is Christ the Lord. This is a sign for you: you will find a newborn baby wrapped snugly and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great assembly of the heavenly forces was with the angel praising God. They said, “Glory to God in heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors.” 
When the angels returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go right now to Bethlehem and see what’s happened. Let’s confirm what the Lord has revealed to us.” They went quickly and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. When they saw this, they reported what they had been told about this child. Everyone who heard it was amazed at what the shepherds told them. Mary committed these things to memory and considered them carefully. The shepherds returned home, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. Everything happened just as they had been told. (CEB)
Rublev's Nativity
Lectionary Reflections for the Season of Christmas:

Ekklesia Project: Nativity Politics.

Unsystematic Theology: A Manger with no Danger: Or, How Many More ‘Slaughters of the Innocent’ Do We Need?

The Orant: Paradise within the Cave: Rublev’s Nativity.

Ben Witherington: The Sense of Christmas - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

Alan Jacobs: 'We Have Seen Our Salvation': W.H. Auden and the Time of the Incarnation.

Lee Fields: Who is the Child-Son in Isaiah 9:6 (Hebrew 9:5)?

Jason Micheli: Honoring Him Starts at Home.


*'Prayers for the Week' are collects from the Book of Common Prayer that can also be followed here and here.

*Weekly readings are from the Revised Common Lectionary,

*The additional Gospel reading is from the current sermon series at St. Paul's and St. George's Scottish Episcopal Church, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

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