SUNDAY, AFTER CHRISTMAS
you have shed upon us the new light
of your incarnate Word.
May this light, enkindled in our hearts,
shine forth in our lives;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
A READING FROM THE BOOK OF ISAIAH
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my whole being shall
exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of
salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a
bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns
herself with her jewels. For as the earth brings forth its shoots,
and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up, so the
Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before
all the nations. For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, and for
Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until her vindication shines out
like the dawn, and her salvation like a burning torch. The nations
shall see your vindication, and all the kings your glory; and you
shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will
give. You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and
a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights.
him, all you angels of his; praise him, all his host.
him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars. R
him, heaven of heavens, and you waters above the heavens.
them praise the name of the Lord; for he commanded, and they were
made them stand fast for ever and ever; he gave them a law which
shall not pass away. R
the Lord from the earth, you sea-monsters and all deeps;
and hail, snow and fog, tempestuous wind, doing his will;
and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars;
beasts and all cattle, creeping things and winged birds; R
of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the world;
men and maidens, old and young together.
them praise the name of the Lord, for his name only is exalted,
his splendour is over earth and heaven. R
has raised up strength for his people and praise for all his loyal
servants, the children of Israel, a people who are near him. R
READING FROM THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE GALATIANS
When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born
of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were
under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. And
because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into
our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" So you are no longer
a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
ACCORDING TO LUKE
When the time came for their purification according to the law
of Moses, Jesus' parents brought him up to Jerusalem to present
him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord,
"Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the
Lord"), and they offered a sacrifice according to what is
stated in the law of the Lord, "a pair of turtledoves or two
young pigeons." Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name
was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to
the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It
had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see
death before he had seen the Lord's Messiah. Guided by the Spirit,
Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the
child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law,
Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying, "Master,
now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your
word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have
prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to
the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel." And the
child's father and mother were amazed at what was being said about
him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary,
"This child is destined for the falling and the rising of
many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the
inner thoughts of many will be revealed and a sword will pierce
your own soul too." There was also a prophet, Anna the
daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great
age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage,
then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the
temple but worshipped there with fasting and prayer night and day.
At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak
about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of
Jerusalem. When they had finished everything required by the law
of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of
Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom;
and the favour of God was upon him.
OVER THE GIFTS
God of light,
in the birth of your Son we see your glory.
May we who share in this mystery
grow daily in your love.
This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.
Source of truth and joy,
may we who have received the gift of divine life
always follow the way of your Son.
This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.