Christmas Reflections 2014

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January 5, 2014 - The Second Sunday after Christmas

When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, "Out of Egypt I called My Son." (Matthew 2:14-15)

January 4, 2014 - Saturday of the Week after Christmas

What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? (Psalm 8:4 from the Introit for Christmas 2)

January 3, 2014 - Friday of the Week after Christmas

There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, And a Branch shall grow out of his roots. (Isaiah 11:1)

January 2, 2014 - Thursday of the Week after Christmas

I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord, (The Creed, Second Article)

January 1, 2014 - Circumcision and Name of Jesus

And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called JESUS, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb. (Luke 2:21)

December 31, 2013 - Eve of the Circumcision and Name of Jesus

"Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect." (Luke 12:40)

December 30, 2013 - Monday of the Week after Christmas

But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. (Galatians 4:4-5)

December 29, 2013 - The Sunday after Christmas

Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, "Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against (Luke 2:34)

December 28, 2013 - The Holy Innocents, Martyrs

Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men.   Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying: “A voice was heard in Ramah, Lamentation, weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, Refusing to be comforted,

December 27, 2013 - St. John, Apostle and Evangelist

Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.” (John 21:21-22)

December 26, 2013 - St. Stephen, Martyr

Then they cried out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and ran at him with one accord; and they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul.   And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” (Acts 7:57-59)

December 25, 2013 - The Nativity of Our Lord, Christmas Day

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

December 24, 2013 - The Nativity of Our Lord, Christmas Eve

So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered.   And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 2:6-7)