Daily Bible Reading

The Second Sunday after Christmas

Chief Hymn: The Lutheran Hymnal #131

Liturgical Color: White

Introit

YOUR TEST- || imonies | are | ver- | y - | sure; *
    Holiness adorns Your house, O Lord, | for- | ev- | er. -
|| Your throne is estab- | lished | from | of - | old; *
    You are from ev- | er- | last- | ing. -
|| The Lord reigns, He is clothed | with | ma- | jes- - | ty; *
    The Lord is clothed, He has girded Him- | self | with | strength. - (Psalm 93:5, 2, 1) 

Psalm Readings

First Reading: 1 Pet. 4:12-19

Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people’s matters. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter. For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? Now “If the righteous one is scarcely saved, Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?” Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.

Gradual

|| You are fairer than | the | sons | of - | men; *
Grace is poured u- | pon | Your | lips. -
|| My heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my composition con- | cern- | ing | the - | King; *
My tongue is the pen of a read- | y | writ- | er. -
|| Alleluia! Alleluia! The Lord reigns, He is clothed | with | ma- | jes- - | ty; *
The Lord is clothed; He has girded Himself with strength. Al- | le- | lu- | ia! - (Psalms 45:2a, 1; 93:1)

Second Reading: Matt. 2:13-23

Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.” When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.” Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying: “A voice was heard in Ramah, Lamentation, weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, Refusing to be comforted, Because they are no more.” Now when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the young Child’s life are dead.” Then he arose, took the young Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea instead of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned by God in a dream, he turned aside into the region of Galilee. And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, “He shall be called a Nazarene.”

Collect

Almighty and everlasting God, direct our actions according to thy good pleasure, that in the Name of thy beloved Son, we may be made to abound in good works; through the same thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one true God, world without end. Amen.

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Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.