Scripture readings for December, 2018
December 25 - Gospel reading - Feast of the Nativity:
Matthew 2:1-12 (Gospel, Nativity)
1Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem,2saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”3When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.4And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.5So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet:6‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.’”7Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared.8And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.”9When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was.10When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.11And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.12Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.
December 30 - Epistle
Galatians 1:11-19 (Epistle, Sunday After Nativity)
11But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man.12For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.13For you have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it.14And I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries in my own nation, being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers.15But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace,16to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood,17nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went to Arabia, and returned again to Damascus.18Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and remained with him fifteen days.19But I saw none of the other apostles except James, the Lord’s brother.
December 25 - Gospel
Matthew 2:13-23 (Gospel, Sunday After Nativity)
13Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.”14When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt,15and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.”16Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men.17Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying:18“A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.”19Now when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,20saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the young Child’s life are dead.”21Then he arose, took the young Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel.22But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea instead of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned by God in a dream, he turned aside into the region of Galilee.23And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, “He shall be called a Nazarene.”