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Second Sunday of Epiphany                          14th January

 

FIRST READING Acts 19.1–Revelation 5.1–10

 I saw in the right hand of the one seated on the throne

a scroll written on the inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals;

and I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice,

‘Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?’

 And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it.

 And I began to weep bitterly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it.

 Then one of the elders said to me, ‘Do not weep.

See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered,

so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.’

Then I saw between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders a Lamb standing as if it had been slaughtered, having seven horns and seven eyes,

which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.

 He went and took the scroll from the right hand of the one who was seated on the throne.

When he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell before the Lamb, each holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.

They sing a new song:

‘You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals,

for you were slaughtered and by your blood you ransomed for God saints

from every tribe and language and people and nation;

 you have made them to be a kingdom and priests serving our God, and they will reign on earth.’

 

OR

 

1 Samuel 3.1-10

Samuel’s Calling and Prophetic Activity

Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.

 At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ and he said, ‘Here I am!’ and ran to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ But he said, ‘I did not call; lie down again.’ So he went and lay down. The Lord called again, ‘Samuel!’ Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ But he said, ‘I did not call, my son; lie down again.’ Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, ‘Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” ’ So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

 Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ And Samuel said, ‘Speak, for your servant is listening.’

  

GOSPEL John 1.43–51

Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee.

He found Philip and said to him,

‘Follow me.’

Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.

Philip found Nathanael and said to him,

‘We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote,

Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.’

Nathanael said to him,

‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’

Philip said to him, ‘Come and see.’

When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him,

he said of him, ‘Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!’

Nathanael asked him, ‘Where did you come to know me?’

Jesus answered, ‘I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.’

Nathanael replied,

‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!’

Jesus answered,

‘Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree?

You will see greater things than these.’

And he said to him, ‘Very truly,,I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.’

 

  

EPIPHANY 3                                                   January 21st

 

FIRST READING Revelation 19.6–10

A reading from the book of Revelation.

I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude,

like the sound of many waters

and like the sound of mighty thunder-peals,

crying out, ‘Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.

Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory,

for the marriage of the Lamb has come,

and his bride has made herself ready;

 to her it has been granted to be clothed with fine linen, bright and pure’ –

for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.

 And the angel said to me, ‘Write this:

Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’

And he said to me, ‘These are true words of God.’

Then I fell down at his feet to worship him,but he said to me, ‘You must not do that!

I am a fellow-servant with you and your comrades who hold the testimony of Jesus.

Worship God!

For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.’

 

GOSPEL John 2.1–11

Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

There was a wedding in Cana of Galilee,

and the mother of Jesus was there.

Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.

When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him,

‘They have no wine.’

And Jesus said to her,

‘Woman, what concern is that to you and to me?

My hour has not yet come.’

His mother said to the servants,

‘Do whatever he tells you.’

Now standing there were six stone water-jars

for the Jewish rites of purification,

each holding twenty or thirty gallons.

Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the jars with water.’

And they filled them up to the brim.

He said to them, ‘Now draw some out,

and take it to the chief steward.’

So they took it.

When the steward tasted the water that had become wine,

and did not know where it came from

(though the servants who had drawn the water knew),

the steward called the bridegroom and said to him,

‘Everyone serves the good wine first,

and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk.

But you have kept the good wine until now.’

Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee,

and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

 

  

 

January 28th – Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas)

 

Hebrews 2.14-end

 Since, therefore, the children share flesh and blood, he himself likewise shared the same things, so that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death. For it is clear that he did not come to help angels, but the descendants of Abraham. Therefore he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every respect, so that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested. 

Luke 2.22-40

Jesus Is Presented in the Temple

 When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, ‘Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord’), and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, ‘a pair of turtle-doves or two young pigeons.’

 Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying, 
‘Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace,
   according to your word; 
for my eyes have seen your salvation, 
   which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 
a light for revelation to the Gentiles
   and for glory to your people Israel.’

 And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, ‘This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.’

 There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband for seven years after her marriage, then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshipped there with fasting and prayer night and day. At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.

The Return to Nazareth

 When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favour of God was upon him.