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Sunday within the Octave of the Nativity of Our Lord

Epistle  •  Galatians 4:1-7

Lesson from the Epistle of Blessed Paul the Apostle to the Galatians.

[Now that the Son of God has emancipated us from the tutorship of the Old Law, we are no longer servants but sons of God.]

Brethren, As long as the heir is a child, he differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all: but is under tutors and governors until the time appointed by the father: so we also, when we were children, were serving under the elements of the world.

But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, that He might redeem them who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because you are sons, God hath sent the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying: Abba, Father. Therefore now he is not a servant, but a son; and if a son, an heir also through God.

Gospel  •  Luke 2:33-40

Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Luke.  

[The evangelist tells us of the glorious mission which the future has in store for this Child of Bethlehem, the manifestation of which commences today in the Temple.]

At that time Joseph and Mary the Mother of Jesus were wondering at those things which were spoken concerning Him. And Simeon blessed Them, and said to Mary His Mother: Behold, this Child is set for the fall, and for the resurrection of many in Israel: and for a sign which shall be contradicted: and Thine own soul a sword shall pierce, that out of many hearts thoughts may be revealed.

And there was one Anna a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser; she was far advanced in years, and had lived with her husband seven years from her virginity. And she was a widow until fourscore and four years: who departed not from the temple, by fastings and prayers serving night and day. Now she, at the same hour, coming in, confessed to the Lord: and spoke of Him to all that looked for the redemption of Israel.

And after They had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, They returned into Galilee, to Their city Nazareth. And the Child grew and waxed strong, full of wisdom: and the grace of God was in Him.