Morning Prayer: 18 Dec – Matthew 1:18-25 ~ the birth of Jesus

Seventh Day Before Christmas

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening sentences:

The Lord is close at hand: come let us worship him.

O Leader of the House of Israel, giver of the Law to Moses on Sinai: come to rescue us with your mighty power!

I look to you, Lord, for help: come and save me, Lord, for I seek refuge in you.

A Reading from the Gospels: Matthew 1:18-25 (NLT)

Angel Appears to Joseph in a Dream Gaetano Gandolfi, c. 1790

Angel Appears to Joseph in a Dream
Gaetano Gandolfi, c. 1790

This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. Joseph, her fiancé, was a good man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly.

As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet:

“Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’”

When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife. But he did not have sexual relations with her until her son was born. And Joseph named him Jesus.

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Canticle

I look to you, Lord, for help: come and save me, Lord, for I seek refuge in you.

This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful. Be in the heart of each to whom I speak; in the mouth of each who speaks unto me. This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.

Teach me, dear Lord, to number my days; that I may apply my heart unto wisdom. Oh, satisfy me early with Thy mercy, that I may rejoice and be glad all of my days.

Blessing:

May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen



Categories: Life around the World, Life in Christ

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1 reply

  1. Imagine! The faith Joseph must have had to believe his dream! Maybe he knew his betrothed and that helped him believe. Hard to fathom today.

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