Book of Isaiah 61:1-2a.10-11.
The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon
me, because the LORD has anointed me; He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the lowly, to heal the
brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners, To announce a year
of favor from the LORD and a day of vindication by our God, to comfort all who mourn; I rejoice
heartily in the LORD, in my God is the joy of my soul; For he has clothed me with a robe of
salvation, and wrapped me in a mantle of justice, Like a bridegroom adorned with a diadem, like a
bride bedecked with her jewels. As the earth brings forth its plants, and a garden makes its growth
spring up, So will the Lord GOD make justice and praise spring up before all the nations.
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 1:46-48.49-50.53-54.
said: "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. For he has
looked upon his handmaid's lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed. The Mighty
One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is from age to age to those who
fear him. The hungry he has filled with good things; the rich he has sent away empty. He has helped
Israel his servant, remembering his mercy.
First Letter to the Thessalonians
Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is
the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophetic
utterances. Test everything; retain what is good. Refrain from every kind of evil. May the God of
peace himself make you perfectly holy and may you entirely, spirit, soul, and body, be preserved
blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will
also accomplish it.
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John
A man named John was sent from God. He came for testimony, to testify to the
light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to testify to the
light. And this is the testimony of John. When the Jews from Jerusalem sent priests and Levites (to
him) to ask him, "Who are you?" he admitted and did not deny it, but admitted, "I am not the
Messiah." So they asked him, "What are you then? Are you Elijah?" And he said, "I am not." "Are you
the Prophet?" He answered, "No." So they said to him, "Who are you, so we can give an answer to
those who sent us? What do you have to say for yourself?" He said: "I am 'the voice of one crying
out in the desert, "Make straight the way of the Lord,"' as Isaiah the prophet said." Some Pharisees
were also sent. They asked him, "Why then do you baptize if you are not the Messiah or Elijah or the
Prophet?" John answered them, "I baptize with water; but there is one among you whom you do not
recognize, the one who is coming after me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie." This
happened in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.