1 The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
Upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom
a light has shone.
2 You have brought them abundant joy
and great rejoicing,
As they rejoice before you as at the harvest,
As men make merry when dividing spoils.
5 For a child is born to us, a son is given us;
upon his shoulder dominion rests.
They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero,
Father-Forever, Prince of Peace.
6 His dominion is vast
and forever peaceful,
From David’s throne, and over his kingdom,
which he confirms and sustains
By judgment and justice,
both now and forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this!
28 Upon arriving, the angel said to her:”Rejoice, O highly
favored daughter! The Lord is with you. Blessed are
you amoung women.”
29 She was deeply troubled by his words, and wondered
what his greeting meant.
30 The angel went on to say to her: “Do not fear, Mary. You
have found favor with God.
31 You shall conceive and bear a son and give him the
32 Great will be his dignity and he will be called Son
of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne
of David his father. He will rule over the house of
33 and his reign will be without end.”
38 Mary said:”I am the servant of the Lord. Let it be
done to me as you say.”With that the angel left her.
9 “As the Father has loved me,
so I have loved you.
Live on in my love.
10 You will live in my love
if you keep my commandments,
even as I have kept my Father’s commandments,
and live in his love.
11 All this I tell you
that my joy may be yours
and your joy may be complete.
12 This is my commandment:
love one another
as I have loved you.
41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby
leapt in her womb. Elizabeth was filled with the
42 and cried out in a loud voice: “Blest are you amoung
women and blest is the fruit of your womb.
43 But who am I that the mother of my Lord should come
44 The moment your greeting sounded in my ears, the
baby leapt in my womb for joy.
45 Blest is she who trusted that the Lord’s words to her
would be fulfilled.”
46 Then Mary said:
“My being proclaims the greatness
of the Lord,
47 my spirit finds joy in God my savior,
48 For he has looked upon his servant
in her lowliness;
all ages to come shall call me blessed.
49 God who is mighty has done great
things for me,
holy is his name;
50 His mercy is from age to age
on those who fear him.
51 He has shown might with his arm;
he has confused the proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has deposed the mighty from their thrones
and raised the lowly to high places.
53 The hungry he has given every good thing,
while the rich he has sent empty away.
54 He has upheld Israel his servant,
ever mindful of his mercy;
55 Even as he promised our fathers,
promised Abraham and his descendants forever.”
The Birth of Jesus
7 She gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped
him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger,
because there was no room for them in the place
where travelers lodged.
10 The angel said to them:”You have nothing to fear! I
come to proclaim good news to you-tidings of great
joy to be shared by the whole people.
11 This day in David’s city a savior has been born to you,
the Messiah and Lord.
12 Let this be a sign to you: in a manger you will find
an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes.”
13 Suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of
the heavenly host, praising God and saying,
14 Glory to God in high heaven,
peace on earth to those on whom
his favor rests.”
14 The Word became flesh
and made his dwelling among us,
and we have seen his glory:
The glory of an only Son coming from the Father,
filled with enduring love.
16 Of his fullness
we have all had a share-
love following upon love.
17 For while the law was given through Moses, this
enduring love came through Jesus Christ.
18 No one has ever seen God. It is God the only
Son, ever at the Father’s side, who has revealed him.
The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple
22 When the day came to purify them according to
the law of Moses, the couple brought him up to
Jerusalem so that he could be presented to the
23 for it is written in the law of the Lord,”Every
first-born male shall be consecrated to the Lord.”
34 Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother:
“This child is destined to be the downfall and the
rise of many in Israel, a sign that will be opposed-
35 and you yourself shall be pierced with a sword-so
that the thoughts of many hearts may be laid bare.”
36 There was also a certain prophetess, Anna by name,
daughter of Phanuel of the tribe of Asher. She had
seen many days, having lived seven years with her
husband after her marriage
37 and then as a widow until she was eighty-four.
She was constantly in the temple, worshiping day
and night in fasting and prayer.
38 Coming on the scene at this moment, she gave
thanks to God and talked about the child to all who
looked forward to the deliverance of Jerusalem.
The Finding of Jesus in the Temple
48 When his parents saw him they were astonished, and
his mother said to him:”Son, why have you done this
to us? You see that your father and I have been
searching for you in sorrow.”
49 He said to them:”Why did you search for me? Did
you not know I had to be in my Father’s house?”
9 “So I say to you,’Ask and you shall receive; seek
and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you.’
10 “For whoever asks, receives; whoever seeks, finds;
whoever knocks, is admitted.
11 What father among you will give his son a snake if he
asks for a fish,
12 or hand him a scorpion if he asks for an egg?
13 If you, with all your sins, know how to give your children
good things, how much more will the heavenly Father give
the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.”