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First Sunday after Christmas (of the Octave)

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The Psalter (First Set of Propers)


Psalm 145


The One Hundred Forty Fifth Psalm

Exaltabo te, Deus.


I WILL magnify thee, O God, my King; * and I will praise thy Name for ever and ever.
 
Every day will I give thanks unto thee; * and praise thy Name for ever and ever.
 
Great is the LORD, and marvellous worthy to be praised; * there is no end of his greatness.
 
One generation shall praise thy works unto another, * and declare thy power.
 
As for me, I will be talking of thy worship, * thy glory, thy praise, and wondrous works;
 
So that men shall speak of the might of thy marvellous acts; * and I will also tell of thy greatness.
 
The memorial of thine abundant kindness shall be showed; * and men shall sing of thy righteousness.
 
The LORD is gracious and merciful; * long-suffering, and of great goodness.
 
The LORD is loving unto every man; * and his mercy is over all his works.
 
All thy works praise thee, O LORD; * and thy saints give thanks unto thee.
 
They show the glory of thy kingdom, * and talk of thy power;
 
That thy power, thy glory, and mightiness of thy kingdom, * might be known unto men.
 
Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, * and thy dominion endureth throughout all ages.
 
The LORD upholdeth all such as fall, * and lifteth up all those that are down.
 
The eyes of all wait upon thee, O Lord; * and thou givest them their meat in due season.
 
Thou openest thine hand, * and fillest all things living with plenteousness.
 
The LORD is righteous in all his ways, * and holy in all his works.
 
The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him; * yea, all such as call upon him faithfully.
 
He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him; * he also will hear their cry, and will help them.
 
The LORD preserveth all them that love him; * but scattereth abroad all the ungodly.
 
My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD; * and let all flesh give thanks unto his holy Name for ever and ever.



 

The Psalter (Second Set of Propers)


Psalm 98


The Ninety-Eighth Psalm

Cantate Domino.


O SING unto the LORD a new song; * for he hath done marvellous things.
 
With his own right hand, and with his holy arm, * hath he gotten himself the victory.
 
The LORD declared his salvation; * his righteousness hath he openly showed in the sight of the heathen.
 
He hath remembered his mercy and truth toward the house of Israel; * and all the ends of the world have seen the salvation of our God.
 
Show yourselves joyful unto the LORD, all ye lands; * sing, rejoice, and give thanks.
 
Praise the LORD upon the harp; * sing to the harp with a psalm of thanksgiving.
 
With trumpets also and shawms, * O show yourselves joyful before the LORD, the King.
 
Let the sea make a noise, and all that therein is; * the round world, and they that dwell therein.
 
Let the floods clap their hands, and let the hills be joyful together before the LORD; * for he is come to judge the earth.
 
With righteousness shall he judge the world, * and the peoples with equity.


Psalm 138


The One Hundred Thirty Eighth Psalm

Confitebor tibi.


I WILL give thanks unto thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; * even before the gods will I sing praise unto thee.
 
I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy Name, because of thy loving-kindness and truth; * for thou hast magnified thy Name, and thy word, above all things.
 
When I called upon thee, thou heardest me; * and enduedst my soul with much strength.
 
All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O LORD; * for they have heard the words of thy mouth.
 
Yea, they shall sing of the ways of the LORD, * that great is the glory of the LORD.
 
For though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly; * as for the proud, he beholdeth them afar off.
 
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, yet shalt thou refresh me; * thou shalt stretch forth thy hand upon the furiousness of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.
 
The LORD shall make good his loving-kindness toward me; * yea, thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever; despise not then the works of thine own hands.



 

First Set of Propers     Second Set of Propers

 

The First Lesson (First Set of Propers)


*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 First Lesson (Second Set of Propers)


Isaiah 49:8-13


Thus saith the Lord, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages; That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Shew yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places. They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them. And I will make all my mountains a way, and my highways shall be exalted. Behold, these shall come from far: and, lo, these from the north and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim. Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the Lord hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted.



 

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The Second Lesson (First Set of Propers)


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 Second Lesson (Second Set of Propers)


Hebrews 2


Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will? For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak. But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me. Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.



 

The Collect

The First Sunday after Christmas

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.


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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