Morning Prayer Readings
Christmas Day

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
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The Psalter


Psalm 89:1-30


The Eighty-Ninth Psalm

Misericordias Domini.


MY song shall be alway of the loving-kindness of the LORD; * with my mouth will I ever be showing thy truth from one generation to another.
 
For I have said, Mercy shall be set up for ever; * thy truth shalt thou stablish in the heavens.
 
I have made a covenant with my chosen; * I have sworn unto David my servant:
 
Thy seed will I stablish for ever, * and set up thy throne from one generation to another.
 
O LORD, the very heavens shall praise thy wondrous works; * and thy truth in the congregation of the saints.
 
For who is he among the clouds, * that shall be compared unto the LORD?
 
And what is he among the gods, * that shall be like unto the LORD?
 
God is very greatly to be feared in the council of the saints, * and to be had in reverence of all them that are round about him.
 
O Lord God of hosts, who is like unto thee? * thy truth, most mighty LORD, is on every side.
 
Thou rulest the raging of the sea; * thou stillest the waves thereof when they arise.
 
Thou hast subdued Egypt, and destroyed it; * thou hast scattered thine enemies abroad with thy mighty arm.
 
The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine; * thou hast laid the foundation of the round world, and all that therein is.
 
Thou hast made the north and the south; * Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in thy Name.
 
Thou hast a mighty arm; * strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand.
 
Righteousness and equity are the habitation of thy seat; * mercy and truth shall go before thy face.
 
Blessed is the people, O LORD, that can rejoice in thee; * they shall walk in the light of thy countenance.
 
Their delight shall be daily in thy Name; * and in thy righteousness shall they make their boast.
 
For thou art the glory of their strength, * and in thy loving-kindness thou shalt lift up our horns.
 
For the LORD is our defence; * the Holy One of Israel is our King.
 

 
vs 20 Thou spakest sometime in visions unto thy saints, and saidst, * I have laid help upon one that is mighty, I have exalted one chosen out of the people.
 
I have found David my servant; * with my holy oil have I anointed him.
 
My hand shall hold him fast, * and my arm shall strengthen him.
 
The enemy shall not be able to do him violence; * the son of wickedness shall not hurt him.
 
I will smite down his foes before his face, * and plague them that hate him.
 
My truth also and my mercy shall be with him; * and in my Name shall his horn be exalted.
 
I will set his dominion also in the sea, * and his right hand in the floods.
 
He shall call me, Thou art my Father, * my God, and my strong salvation.
 
And I will make him my firstborn, * higher than the kings of the earth.
 
My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, * and my covenant shall stand fast with him.
 
His seed also will I make to endure for ever, * and his throne as the days of heaven.
 

 
vs 31 But if his children forsake my law, * and walk not in my judgments;
 
If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments; * I will visit their offences with the rod, and their sin with scourges.
 
Nevertheless, my loving-kindness will I not utterly take from him, * nor suffer my truth to fail.
 
My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips: * I have sworn once by my holiness, that I will not fail David.
 
His seed shall endure for ever, * and his throne is like as the sun before me.
 
He shall stand fast for evermore as the moon, * and as the faithful witness in heaven.
 
But thou hast abhorred and forsaken thine anointed, * and art displeased at him.
 
Thou hast broken the covenant of thy servant, * and cast his crown to the ground.
 
Thou hast overthrown all his hedges, * and broken down his strongholds.
 
All they that go by spoil him, * and he is become a reproach to his neighbours.
 
Thou hast set up the right hand of his enemies, * and made all his adversaries to rejoice.
 
Thou hast taken away the edge of his sword, * and givest him not victory in the battle.
 
Thou hast put out his glory, * and cast his throne down to the ground.
 
The days of his youth hast thou shortened, * and covered him with dishonour.
 
LORD, how long wilt thou hide thyself? for ever? * and shall thy wrath burn like fire?
 
O remember how short my time is; * wherefore hast thou made all men for nought?
 
What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? * and shall he deliver his soul from the power of the grave?
 
Lord, where are thy old loving-kindnesses, * which thou swarest unto David in thy truth?
 
Remember, Lord, the rebuke that thy servants have, * and how I do bear in my bosom the rebukes of many people;
 
Wherewith thine enemies have blasphemed thee, * and slandered the footsteps of thine anointed.
 
Praised be the LORD for evermore. * Amen, and Amen.



 

The First Lesson


Isaiah 9:2-7


The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. Thou hast multiplied the nation, and not increased the 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 judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.



 

The Second Lesson

St. Luke 2:1-20

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to 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, and pondered them 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.



 

The Collect

Christmas Day

ALMIGHTY God, who hast given us thy only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure virgin; Grant that we being regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit; through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.



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