1st Sunday after Christmas Day (Year: B)
Date: Sunday, December 31st, 2023, 11:00
Old Testament: Isa. 61:10-62:3
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1Praise the LORD. Praise the LORD from the heavens, praise him in the heights above.
2Praise him, all his angels, praise him, all his heavenly hosts.
3Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars.
4Praise him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies.
5Let them praise the name of the LORD, for he commanded and they were created.
6He set them in place for ever and ever; he gave a decree that will never pass away.
7Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,
8lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding,
9you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars,
10wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds,
11kings of the earth and all nations, you princes and all rulers on earth,
12young men and maidens, old men and children.
13Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.
14He has raised up for his people a horn, the praise of all his saints, of Israel, the people close to his heart. Praise the LORD.
Psalms 148 (NIV)
4But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law,
5to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.
6Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father."
7So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.
Galatians 4:4-7 (NIV)
22When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord
23(as it is written in the Law of the Lord, "Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord" ),
24and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: "a pair of doves or two young pigeons."
25Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
26It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Christ.
27Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required,
28Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
29"Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace.
30For my eyes have seen your salvation,
31which you have prepared in the sight of all people,
32a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel."
33The child's father and mother marveled at what was said about him.
34Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: "This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against,
35so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too."
36There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage,
37and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.
38Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.
39When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth.
40And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him.
Luke 2:22-40 (NIV)