Advent and Christmas Reflections 2017

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The Saturday After Epiphany

My mercy I will keep for him forever, And My covenant shall stand firm with him. (Psalm 89:28 from the Introit for Epiphany 1)

Epiphany

So they said to him, "In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet: '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.'" (Matthew 2:5-6)

The Twelfth Day of Christmas

If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified. (1 Peter 4:14)

The Eleventh Day of Christmas

Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4). Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. "Honor your father and your mother"--which is the first commandment with a promise--"that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth." (Ephesians 6:1-3 from the Small Catechism, Table of Duties: To Parents and Children)

The Tenth Day of Christmas

To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; (Ephesians 3:8-9)

The Ninth Day of Christmas

So He said, "I am God, the God of your father; do not fear to go down to Egypt, for I will make of you a great nation there. (Genesis 46:3)

Circumcision and Name of Jesus

And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb. (Luke 2:21)

Eve of the Circumcision and Name of Jesus

Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect." (Luke 12:40)

The Sixth Day of Christmas

But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. (Galatians 4:4-5)

The Fifth Day of Christmas

Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. (Ephesians 5:22 from the Small Catechism, Table of Duties: To Wives)

The Holy Innocents, Martyrs

Then 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... (Matthew 2:16)

St. John, Apostle and Evangelist

Then this saying went out among the brethren that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, "If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you?" (John 21:23)

St. Stephen, Martyr

"However, the Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands, as the prophet says: 'Heaven is My throne, And earth is My footstool. What house will you build for Me? says the Lord, Or what is the place of My rest? (Acts 7:48-49)

The Nativity of Our Lord - Christmas Day

Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people." (Luke 2:10)

The Nativity of Our Lord - Christmas Eve

"Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." (Isaiah 7:14)

Friday of the Fourth Week of Advent

"And why is it [given] to me that the Mother of My Lord should come to me?" (Luke 1:43)

Thursday of the Fourth Week of Advent

"Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers."(1 Peter 3:7 from the Small Catechism, Table of Duties: To Husbands)

St. Thomas, Apostle

"And then He said to Thomas, 'Take your finger here and see my hands and put your finger here and thrust it into my side. Be not unbelieving but believe.'" (John 20:27)

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Advent

"And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus..." (Philippians 4:7)

Monday of the Fourth Week of Advent

"I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him." (Deuteronomy 18:18)

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

"And so they said to him, 'Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us! What do you say about yourself?'" (John 1:22)

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 looked and behold a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which had spoken like the sound of a trumpet, saying, 'Come up here and I will show you what must happen after this.'" (Revelation 4:1)

Thursday of the Third Week of Advent

"Behold, the name of the Lord comes from afar, burning with his anger, and in thick rising smoke; his lips are full of fury, and his tongue is like a devouring fire;" (Isaiah 30:27)

Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent

"I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone -- for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior." (1 Timothy 2:1-3 from the Small Catechism, Table of Duties: Of Civil Government and Citizens)

Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent

"For I am conscious of nothing against myself, but in this I am not justified. It is the Lord who judges me." (1 Corinthians 4:4)

Monday of the Third Week of Advent

"'Comfort, comfort my people,' says your God. 'Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the Lord's hand double for all her sins.'" (Isaiah 40:1)

The Third Sunday of Advent

"And when John heard in chains about the works of the Christ, he sent through his disciples and said, 'Are you the One who is Coming or should we wait for another?'" (Matthew 11:2-3)

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 from the Introit for Advent 3)

Friday of the Second Week of Advent

"And y'all know that He epiphanied [appeared] in order to take away sins and there is no sin in Him." (1 John 3:5-writer's special translation)

Thursday of the Second Week of Advent

"And the world is passing away along with its desires but the one doing the will of God remains forever." (1 John 3:17)

Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent

"We ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other." (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 from the Small Catechism, Table of Duties: What Hearers Owe Their Pastors)

Tuesday of the Second Week of Advent

"And again Isaiah says, 'The root of Jesse will come, even the One who rises up to rule the Gentiles; in Him will the Gentiles hope.'" (Romans 15:12)

Monday of the Second Week of Advent

"But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall."

The Second Sunday of Advent

"Now when you these things began to happen, stand up and raise your head, because your redemption draws near." (Luke 21:28)

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."

Friday of the First Week of Advent

"The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone." (Isaiah 9:2)

Thursday of the First Week of Advent

"The Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel." (1 Corinthians 9:14 from the Small Catechism, Table of Duties: To Bishops, Pastors and Preachers)

St. Andrew, Apostle

"On the next day, John was standing with two of His disciples and seeing Jesus walk by said, 'Look, the Lamb of God!'" (John 1:35-36)

Tuesday of the First Week of Advent

"The night is far gone and the day is near. And so let us take off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light." (Romans 13:12)

Monday of the First Week of Advent

"In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: 'The LORD is our righteousness.'"

The First Sunday of Advent

"And the crowds going before Him and following him cried out saying, 'Hosanna to the Son of David. Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord! Hosanna in the Highest!" (Matthew 21:9)