Wednesday, January 1, 2020



O God, you were pleased to give us
a wonderful example of family,

in the joining together of Mary, Joseph, and your Begotten One.
Born of the Holy Spirit, making family about more than flesh and blood.
Indeed, through Baptism you bring all people together into the family
of Church, united and bonded in Spirit.
Grant, O Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One,

that we may live as those who are woven together 
into a tapestry of love.
We seek to practice the virtues of family life and 
in the bonds of just peace,
with the hope of dwelling in the joy of your house and
delight one day in eternal rewards.

Blessed are You and blessed is your Kin-Dom,

Luke 2.21-38

After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child;
and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
When the time came for their purification according to the law of the covenant,
they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to God
(as it is written in the law of the covenant, 

“Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to God”),
and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the covenant, “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 God's Anointed One. 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,
“Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One,
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 worshiped 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.

Col 3:12-17

Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience, forbearing one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as God has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, and sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Holy Begotten and Beloved One, giving thanks and praise to God.


Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One,
in compassion and mercy you hear our prayers and
bring your promises to fulfillment into all wellness.

We pray that the family of the Church will be strengthened, purified, and renewed through the grace of Christ’s body and blood. 

For those charged with protecting society:  that they will build a world in which family life is revered, protected, and promoted. 

For the universal respect of all human persons:  that the culture of life will transform every human society and every human heart.

For those who work for peace and justice: that their work may be done in
safety and the fruit of their work will be known by all.\

For blessings on all families, that the love, the unity, the self-donation and the tenderness of the Holy Family will overflow to all families and make them truly happy.

For families that struggle because of addiction, mental illness, chronic sickness, or ongoing trials of any kind:  that they will be fortified and blessed with God’s special love, favor, and peace.

For all of those in our families who have died, that they might share in the everlasting glory of heaven.

O God, may your Kin-Dom come, your will be done,
here and now, on earth as it is is heaven.
Provide for our needs and help us to share,
that all my have enough.
Test us not, but protect us from evil.
For the Kin-Dom, the power, and the glory are yours. 


O sing a song of Bethlehem,
of shepherds watching there,
and of the news that came to them
from angels in the air.
The light that shone on Bethlehem
fills all the world today;
of Jesus' birth and peace on earth
the angels sing alway.

O sing a song of Nazareth,
of sunny days of joy;
O sing of fragrant flowers' breath,
and of the sinless Boy.
For now the flowers of Nazareth
in every heart may grow;
now spreads the fame of his dear name
on all the winds that blow.

O sing a song of Galilee,
of lake and woods and hill,
of the One who walked on sea
and bade the waves be still.
For though like waves on Galilee,
dark seas of trouble roll,
when faith has heard the Maker's work,
falls peace upon the soul.

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