THE WORD OF GOD – JANUARY 6, 2015 (DECEMBER 24, 2014)


Fast. Food with Oil

The Eve of the Nativity of Christ (Rozhdestvenskyi Sochelnik).
Nun-martyr Eugenia of Rome, and with her Martyrs Philip her father, Protus, Hyacinth (Jacinth), Basilla, and Claudia (262).
Venerable Nicholas the Monk of Bulgaria (9th c.).

Hebrews 1:1-14   2:1-3, 11-18

1

God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,

2

has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;

3

who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

4

having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

5

For to which of the angels did He ever say: “You are My Son, Today I have begotten You”? And again: “I will be to Him a Father, And He shall be to Me a Son”?

6

But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: “Let all the angels of God worship Him.”

7

And of the angels He says: “Who makes His angels spirits And His ministers a flame of fire.”

8

But to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.

9

You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.”

10

And: “You, LORD, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands.

11

They will perish, but You remain; And they will all grow old like a garment;

12

Like a cloak You will fold them up, And they will be changed. But You are the same, And Your years will not fail.”

13

But to which of the angels has He ever said:”Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool”?

14

Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?

1

Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.

2

For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward,

3

how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him,

11

For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren,

12

saying: “I will declare Your name to My brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You.”

13

And again:”I will put My trust in Him.” And again:”Here am I and the children whom God has given Me.”

14

Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,

15

and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

16

For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham.

17

Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.

18

For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.

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Luke 2:1-20

1

And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.

2

This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria.

3

So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.

4

Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David,

5

to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.

6

So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered.

7

And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

8

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9

And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.

10

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.

11

For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

12

And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.

13

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

14

Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

15

So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.”

16

And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.

17

Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child.

18

And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

19

But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.

20

Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.

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