REIGN OF CHRIST
19 (LUKE 1:68-79)
Almighty and everlasting God,
whose will it is to restore all things
in your well-beloved Son, our Lord and King,
grant that the peoples of the earth,
now divided and enslaved by sin,
may be freed and brought together
under his gentle and loving rule;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF JEREMIAH
Woe to the shepherds
who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the Lord.
Therefore thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning the
shepherds who shepherd my people: It is you who have scattered my
flock, and have driven them away, and you have not attended to
them. So I will attend to you for your evil doings, says the Lord.
Then I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the
lands where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to
their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply. I will raise
up shepherds over them who will shepherd them, and they shall not
fear any longer, or be dismayed, nor shall any be missing, says
the Lord. The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will
raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king
and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in
the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in
safety. And this is the name by which he will be called: "The
Lord is our righteousness."
REFRAIN The dawn from on high shall break upon us.
be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people and set
has raised up for us a mighty Saviour, born of the house of his
servant David. R
his holy prophets he promised of old, that he would save us from
our enemies, from the hands of all who hate us.
promised to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy
was the oath he swore to our father Abraham, to set us free from
the hands of our enemies, free to worship him without fear, holy
and righteous in his sight all the days of our life. R
my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, for you
will go before the Lord to prepare his way, to give his people
knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins.
the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break
upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of
death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace. R
to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was
in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. R
CANTICLE 19, BAS (LUKE 1:68-79)
READING FROM THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE COLOSSIANS
May you be made strong with all the strength that comes
from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure
everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the
Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the
saints in the light. He has rescued us from the power of darkness
and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we
have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the
invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all
things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and
invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers - all
things have been created through him and for him. He himself is
before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the
head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn
from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in
everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to
dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all
things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the
blood of his cross.
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
ACCORDING TO LUKE
When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they
crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one
on his left. Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them; for they
do not know what they are doing." And they cast lots to
divide his clothing. And the people stood by, watching; but the
leaders scoffed at him, saying, "He saved others; let him
save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!"
The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour
wine, and saying, "If you are the King of the Jews, save
yourself!" There was also an inscription over him, "This
is the King of the Jews." One of the criminals who were
hanged there kept deriding him and saying, "Are you not the
Messiah? Save yourself and us!" But the other rebuked him,
saying, "Do you not fear God, since you are under the same
sentence of condemnation? And we indeed have been condemned
justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this
man has done nothing wrong." Then he said, "Jesus,
remember me when you come into your kingdom." He replied,
"Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in
OVER THE GIFTS
by your grace you have raised us up
and enthroned us with Christ in the heavenly realms.
Receive all we offer you this day,
and lead us in those good works
for which you have created us.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.
you have made us a royal priesthood
in the kingdom of your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Make known his victory through us, we pray,
that all the world may see his light.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.