Second Sunday after Christmas
O God, who didst wonderfully create, and yet more wonderfully restore, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may share the divine life of Him who humbled Himself to share our humanity, thy Son Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Jeremiah 31: 7-14
For the Lord will ransom Jacob and redeem them from the hand of those stronger than they. They will come and shout for joy on the heights of Zion; they will rejoice in the bounty of the Lord
Psalm 84 – Plainsong, Tone ii
No good thing will the Lord withhold from those who walk with integrity.
O Lord of hosts, happy are they who put their trust in you!
Ephesians 1: 3-19a
In love He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will, to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves.
Matthew 2: 13-23
Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled: “A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.”
78 O little town of Bethlehem (Forest Green)
247 Lully, lullay, thou little tiny child (Coventry Carol)
115 What child is this (Greensleeves)
117 Brightest and best of the stars of the morning (Morning Star)
90 It came upon a midnight clear (Noel)
Barnes: The Gate of the Year
And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:
Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.
And he replied: Go out into the darkness and put thine hand into the hand of God.
That shall be better than light,
And safer than a known way.
-M. Louise Haskins (1875-1957)
Proulx: Prayer of the Venerable Bede
Christus est Stella Matutina, qui nocte saecum transacta lucem vitae, luce, sanctis promitit, et pander aeternum.
“Christ is the Morning Star, who when the night of this world is past, he gives to his saints the promise of the light of life, and opens everlasting day.”
–Inscription on the tomb of the Venerable Bede (672-735) in Durham Cathedral