Advent and Christmas Reflections 2014

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The Twelfth Day of Christmas

"And He said to him, 'I am God, your God. Don't be afraid to go down to Egypt. I will bring you out of the land of Egypt, for I will make you a great nation.'" (Genesis 46:3)

The Second Sunday after Christmas

"And He went and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, so that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled, "He shall be called a Nazarene." (Matthew 2:23)

The Tenth Day of Christmas

"Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, because of Your enemies, that You may silence the enemy and the avenger." (Psalm 8:2 from the Introit for Christmas 2)

The Ninth Day of Christmas

"But when the fullness of time came, God sent out His Son, born out of a woman, born under the Law, so that we would be redeemed out of the Law, so that we might receive adoption as sons." (Galatians 4:4-5)

Circumcision and Name of Jesus

"And at the end of eight days, after He was circumcised, He was called the named Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb." (St. Luke 2:21)

Eve of the Circumcision and Name of Jesus

"You also be prepared, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you don't expect." (St. Luke 12:40)

The Sixth Day of Christmas

"I believe that Jesus my Lord, who has redeemed me, purchased and won me from all sins, from death and from the power of the devil not with gold and silver but with His holy precious blood and innocent suffering and death." (Small Catechism, The Creed, Second Article)

The Fifth Day of Christmas

"Now let your servant depart, Lord, in peace according to your Word because my eyes have seen your salvation." (St. Luke 2:29-30)

The Holy Innocents, Martyrs

""Get up, take the child and His mother and flee to Egypt, and be there until I tell you for Herod is about to search the Child to kill Him."

St. John, Apostle and Evangelist

"This is the disciple that bears witness concerning these things and who has written these things, and we know that his testimony is true."

St. Stephen, Martyr

"And they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed together at Him and they cast him out of the city and stoned him.."

The Nativity of Our Lord--Christmas Day

"And she gave birth to her first born Son and wrapped Him up in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a food trough because there was not a place for Him in the inn." (Luke 2:7)

The Nativity of Our Lord--Christmas Eve

"I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of His Father before all eternity and also true Man, is my Lord..." (Small Catechism, The Creed, Second Article)

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Advent

"Don't be anxious about anything, but in all things by prayer and supplications with thanksgiving make known your prayers to God."

St. Thomas the Apostle

"Then He said to Thomas, 'Put your finger here and see my hands, and put your hand and thrust it into my side. Do not be unbelieving, but believe." (St. John 20:27)

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

"He said, 'I am the voice crying in the wilderness, "Make straight the way of the Lord," as the prophet Isaiah said.'" (John 1:23)

Saturday of the Third Week of Advent

"Rain down, you heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down the Righteous One; Let the earth open her womb, and bring forth Salvation."

Friday of the Third Week of Advent

"After this I look, and behold, a great crowd which no one was able to count, of all nations, and tribes, and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands." (Revelation 7:9)

Thursday of the Third Week of Advent

"And I saw when the Lamb broke on of out the seven seals, and I heard of the four living creatures says as with a voice of thunder, 'Come!'"

Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent

"All this He does out of pure, fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me. For all this it is my duty to thank and praise, serve and obey Him. This is most certainly true." (Small Catechism, The Creed, First Article)

Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent

"Therefore do not judge before the time, before the Lord comes, who will light up all the things hidden in darkness and reveal the counsels of the heart. Then, each will receive his praise from God." (1 Corinthians 4:5)

Monday of the Third Week of Advent

"Comfort, comfort my people, says your God." (Isaiah 40:1)

The Third Sunday of Advent

"Are you the Coming One or shall we wait for another?" (St. Matthew

Saturday of the Second Week of Advent

"Rejoice in the Lord always. Again will I | say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand." (Philippians 4:4-5

Friday of the Second Week of Advent

"And the Lord said, 'Because this people draws near to me with their mouth and honors me with their lips, but their hearts stay away from Me, and their fear of Me is a commandment taught by men...'" (Isaiah 29:13)

Thursday of the Second Week of Advent

"We know that all having been born out of God do not sin, but the one begotten of the Father keeps himself and the evil one does not touch Him." (1 John 5:18)

Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent

"He has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my members, my reason and all my senses, and still takes care of it today."

Tuesday of the Second Week of Advent

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that you will be over and above in hope in the power of the Holy Spirit."

Monday of the Second Week of Advent

"And you shall crush the wicked for they will be the dust under the soles of your feet, on the day when I do, says the Lord of Hosts." (Malachi 4:3)

The Second Sunday of Advent

"And then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory." (Luke 21:27)

Saturday of the First Week of Advent

"Daughter of Zion, behold, surely your salvation is coming. The Lord will cause His glorious voice to be heard, and you shall have gladness of heart." (Isaiah 20:29, 30; 62:11 from the Introit for Advent 2)

Friday of the First Week of Advent

"You will say in that day: O Lord, I will give thanks to you for though you were angry with me, your anger turned from me and you comforted me."

Thursday of the First Week of Advent

"For these being present and growing in you make you not useless and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ." (2 Peter 1:8)

Wednesday of the First Week of Advent

"I believe that God has made me and all creatures." (Small Catechism, The Creed, First Article)

Tuesday of the First Week of Advent

"For if we live, we live to the Lord. If we die, we die to the Lord. And so if we live or if we die, we are the Lord's." (Romans 14:8)

Monday of the First Week of Advent

"'The Days are coming,' says the Lord, 'when they will no longer say, "As the Lord lives who brought up the sons of Israel out of the land of Egypt,' but 'As the Lord lives who brought up and led the house of Israel out of the north land and out of all the lands where He had banished them." (Jeremiah 23:7-8)

The First Sunday of Advent

"Say to the daughter of Zion, 'Behold your king comes to you, humble, and riding on a donkey and on a colt, the foal of a pack animal."