Book of Isaiah 9:1-6.
The people who walked
in darkness have seen a great light; Upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has
You have brought them abundant joy and great
rejoicing, As they rejoice before you as at the harvest, as men make merry when dividing
For the yoke that burdened them, the pole on
their shoulder, And the rod of their taskmaster you have smashed, as on the day of
For every boot that tramped in battle, every
cloak rolled in blood, will be burned as fuel for flames.
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.
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!
Sing to the LORD a new
song; sing to the LORD, all the earth.
Sing to the
LORD, bless his name; announce his salvation day after day.
Sing to the LORD, bless his name; announce his salvation day after day.
Tell God's glory among the nations; among all peoples, God's marvelous
the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice; let the sea and what fills it resound;
let the plains be joyful and all that is in them. Then let all the
trees of the forest rejoice
before the LORD who comes,
who comes to govern the earth, To govern the world with justice and the peoples with
Letter to Titus 2:11-14.
Beloved: The grace of God has appeared, saving all
and training us to reject godless ways and worldly desires and to live
temperately, justly, and devoutly in this age,
await the blessed hope, the appearance of the glory of the great God and of our savior Jesus
who gave himself for us to deliver us from all
lawlessness and to cleanse for himself a people as his own, eager to do what is
Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 2:1-14.
those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled.
This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of
So all went to be enrolled, each to his own
And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town
of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and
family of David,
to be enrolled with Mary, his
betrothed, who was with child.
While they were there,
the time came for her to have her child,
and she gave
birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because
there was no room for them in the inn.
Now there were
shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their
The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory
of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear.
The angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of
great joy that will be for all the people.
For today in the
city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.
And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and
lying in a manger."
And suddenly there was a multitude
of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying:
Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.