Friday, December 23, 2011

The Reading from Evening Prayer

Luke 1:67-80 (NRSV)

Then his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke this prophecy: ‘Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them. He has raised up a mighty savior for us in the house of his servant David, as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us. Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors, and has remembered his holy covenant, the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham, to grant us that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people by the forgiveness of their sins. By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace." The child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day he appeared publicly to Israel.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

6 comments:

TLF+ said...

We musta been reading and praying at just about the same time. The whole creation is gearing up to celebrate God's great favor in the Word made flesh. May your celebration there in Brookings be wonderful beyond measure!

The Archer of the Forest said...

Probably so. I actually got to read this one twice...once for evening prayer and once when I took Communion to someone down at the nursing home.

It's a good one to read twice.

The Archer of the Forest said...

There is also an excellent reflection on this reading on the King's English blog (complete with musical interludes): http://kingsenglish.info/2011/12/23/mine-eyes-have-seen-thy-salvation/

The Archer of the Forest said...

Well, the reflection is for Chapter 2, but it's a continuation of this reading.

TLF+ said...

Got Melissa a subscription to the King's English print version for Christmas.

The Archer of the Forest said...

We largely had a Thomas the Train Christmas here. That, and I got old fuddy duddy stuff like a sweater and an indoor hamburger grill.