We can prepare our hearts & minds
by reading ahead for
the Sunday Service lesson.
The Feast of the Holy Name
January 1, 2023
The First Reading: Numbers 6:22-27
God instructs the Israelite priests in blessing the people. This three-fold blessing is still often used.
The Psalm: 8, page 592, BCP
The Second Reading: Philipians 2:5-11
Taking on attributes and burdens that were beneath the dignity of God, Jesus showed in his incarnation the extraordinary, humbling love that God has for each of his creation.
The Gospel: Luke 2:15-21
The first to hear about and see the Christ child are lowly shepherds in their fields. As they worship him, Mary reflects on the moment in her heart; on Jesus’ eighth day, he is named.