Readings of the Day: The Annunciation of the Lord
Sacrifice and offering thou dost not desire; but thou hast given me an open ear. Burnt offering and sin offering thou hast not required.
Reading for the Day
Reading for the Day
Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10
- 10 Again the LORD spoke to Ahaz,
- 11 "Ask a sign of the LORD your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven."
- 12 But Ahaz said, "I will not ask, and I will not put the LORD to the test."
- 13 And he said, "Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary men, that you weary my God also?
- 14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, a young woman shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Imman'u-el.
- 10 Take counsel together, but it will come to nought; speak a word, but it will not stand, for God is with us.
Response: O my God; thy law is within my heart
- 6 Sacrifice and offering thou dost not desire; but thou hast given me an open ear. Burnt offering and sin offering thou hast not required.
- 7 Then I said, "Lo, I come; in the roll of the book it is written of me; R
- 8 I delight to do thy will, O my God; thy law is within my heart."
- 9 I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; lo, I have not restrained my lips, as thou knowest, O LORD. R
- 10 I have not hid thy saving help within my heart, I have spoken of thy faithfulness and thy salvation; I have not concealed thy steadfast love and thy faithfulness from the great congregation. R
Second Reading for the Day
- 4 For it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins.
- 5 Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, "Sacrifices and offerings thou hast not desired, but a body hast thou prepared for me;
- 6 in burnt offerings and sin offerings thou hast taken no pleasure.
- 7 Then I said, `Lo, I have come to do thy will, O God, 'as it is written of me in the roll of the book."
- 8 When he said above, "Thou hast neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings" (these are offered according to the law),
- 9 then he added, "Lo, I have come to do thy will." He abolishes the first in order to establish the second.
- 10 And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Gospel for the Day
- 26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,
- 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
- 28 And he came to her and said, "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!"
- 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be.
- 30 And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
- 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.
- 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David,
- 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there will be no end."
- 34 And Mary said to the angel, "How shall this be, since I have no husband?"
- 35 And the angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.
- 36 And behold, your kinswoman Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren.
- 37 For with God nothing will be impossible."
- 38 And Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her.
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