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YEAR A 2016/2017 – Christmas

This Church Year Calendar, Propers and Daily Lectionary uses the Revised

Common Lectionary as it appears in Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006).

 

Saturday Dec 24 – Nativity of Our Lord

Set I – Christmas Eve

Readings

Isaiah 9:2-7

Psalm 96 (11)

Titus 2:11-14

Luke 2:1-14 (15-20)

Prayer of the Day

Almighty God, you made this holy night shine with the brightness of the true Light. Grant that here on

earth we may walk in the light of Jesus' presence and in the last day wake to the rightness of his glory;

through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now

and forever.

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia. I am bringing you good news of great joy for | all the people:

to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messi- | ah, the Lord. Alleluia. (Luke 2:10-11)

Color: White

Sunday Dec 25 – Nativity of Our Lord

Set II – Christmas Day

Readings

Isaiah 62:6-12

Psalm 97 (11)

Titus 3:4-7

Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20

Prayer of the Day

All-powerful and unseen God, the coming of your light into our world has brightened weary hearts with

peace. Call us out of darkness, and empower us to proclaim the birth of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior

and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia. A holy day has dawned upon us. Come, you nations, and a- | dore the Lord.

For today a great light has come up- | on the earth. Alleluia.

Color: White

Sunday Dec 25 – Nativity of Our Lord

Set III – Christmas Day

Readings

Isaiah 52:7-10

Psalm 98 (3)

Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12)

John 1:1-14

Prayer of the Day

Almighty God, you gave us your only Son to take on our human nature and to illumine the world with

your light. By your grace adopt us as your children and enlighten us with your Spirit, through Jesus Christ,

our Redeemer and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia. I am bringing you good news of great joy for | all the people:

to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messi- | ah, the Lord. Alleluia. (Luke 2:10-11)

Or

Alleluia. A holy day has dawned upon us. Come, you nations, and a- | dore the Lord.

For today a great light has come up- | on the earth. Alleluia.

Color: White

Mon – Dec 26 Wisdom 4:7-15 Acts 7:59--8:8 Psalm 148

Or

Monday Dec 26

Stephen, Deacon and Martyr

Readings

2 Chronicles 24:17-22

Psalm 17:1-9, 15 (6)

Acts 6:8—7:2a, 51-60

Matthew 23:34-39

Prayer of the Day

We give you thanks, O Lord of glory, for the example of Stephen the first martyr, who looked to heaven

and prayed for his persecutors. Grant that we also may pray for our enemies and seek forgiveness for

those who hurt us, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy

Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righ- | teousness' sake,

for theirs is the king- | dom of heaven. Alleluia. (Matt. 5:10)

Color: Scarlet/Red

Tue – Dec 27 Proverbs 8:22-31 1 John 5:1-12 Psalm 148

Or

Tuesday Dec 27

John, Apostle and Evangelist

Readings

Genesis 1:1-5, 26-31

Psalm 116:12-19 (15)

1 John 1:1—2:2

John 21:20-25

Prayer of the Day

Merciful God, through John the apostle and evangelist you have revealed the mysteries of your Word

made flesh. Let the brightness of your light shine on your church, so that all your people, instructed in the

holy gospel, may walk in the light of your truth and attain eternal life, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and

Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia. The Word became flesh and | lived among us,

and we have be- | held his glory. Alleluia. (John 1:14)

Color: White

Wed – Dec 28 Isaiah 49:13-23 Matthew 18:1-14 Psalm 148

Or

Wednesday Dec 28

The Holy Innocents, Martyrs

Readings

Jeremiah 31:15-17

Psalm 124 (7)

1 Peter 4:12-19

Matthew 2:13-18

Prayer of the Day

We remember today, O God, the slaughter of the innocent children of Bethlehem by order of King

Herod. Receive into the arms of your mercy all innocent victims. By your great might frustrate the designs

of evil tyrants and establish your rule of justice, love, and peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and

Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righ- | teousness' sake,

for theirs is the king- | dom of heaven. Alleluia. (Matt. 5:10)

Color: Scarlet/Red

Thu – Dec 29 Jeremiah 31:15-22 Luke 19:41-44 Psalm 20

Fri – Dec 30 Isaiah 26:1-9 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 Psalm 20

Sat – Dec 31 1 Kings 3:5-14 John 8:12-19 Psalm 20

Or

Tuesday Dec 31, 2016

New Year’s Eve

Readings

Ecclesiastes 3:1-13

Psalm 8 (1)

Revelation 21:1-6a

Matthew 25:31-46

Prayer of the Day

Eternal God, you have placed us in a world of space and time, and through the events of our lives you

bless us with your love. Grant that in the new year we may know your presence, see your love at work,

and live in the light of the event that gives us joy forever—the coming of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia. O God, you have | been our refuge*

from one generation | to another. Alleluia. (Ps. 90:1)

Color: White

Sunday Jan 1 – First Sunday of Christmas

Readings

Isaiah 63:7-9

Psalm 148 (13)

Hebrews 2:10-18

Matthew 2:13-23

Prayer of the Day

O Lord God, you know that we cannot place our trust in our own powers. As you protected the infant

Jesus, so defend us and all the needy from harm and adversity, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia. Let the peace of Christ rule | in your hearts,

and let the word of Christ dwell | in you richly. Alleluia. (Col. 3:15, 16)

Color: White

Or

Sunday Jan 1, 2017 – Name of Jesus

Readings

Numbers 6:22-27

Psalm 8 (1)

Galatians 4:4-7 or Philippians 2:5-11

Luke 2:15-21

Prayer of the Day

Eternal Father, you gave your incarnate Son the holy name of Jesus to be a sign of our salvation. Plant in

every heart the love of the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and

the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia. At the name of Jesus every | knee should bend,

in heaven and on earth and un- | der the earth. Alleluia. (Phil. 2:10)

Color: White

Mon – Jan 2 Genesis 12:1-7 Hebrews 11:1-12 Psalm 72

Tue – Jan 3 Genesis 28:10-22 Hebrews 11:13-22 Psalm 72

Wed – Jan 4 Exodus 3:1-5 Hebrews 11:23-31 Psalm 72

Thu – Jan 5 Joshua 1:1-9 Hewbrews 11:32—12:2 Psalm 72

Friday Jan 6 – Epiphany of Our Lord

Readings

Isaiah 60:1-6

Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 (11)

Ephesians 3:1-12

Matthew 2:1-12

Prayer of the Day

O God, on this day you revealed your Son to the nations by the leading of a star. Lead us now by faith to

know your presence in our lives, and bring us at last to the full vision of your glory, through your Son, Jesus

Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Or

Almighty and ever-living God, you revealed the incarnation of your Son by the brilliant shining of a

star.Shine the light of your justice always in our hearts and over all lands, and accept our lives as the

treasure we offer in your praise and for your service, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives

and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Or

Everlasting God, the radiance of all faithful people, you brought the nations to the brightness of your

rising. Fill the world with your glory, and show yourself to all the world through him who is the true light and

the bright morning star, your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the

Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia. We have observed his star | at its rising,

and have come to | worship him. Alleluia. (Matt. 2:2)

Color: White