Notable Feast Days this Week:

December 25 - Christmas Day
December 26 - St. Stephen, The First Martyr (Western)
December 27 - St. John, Apostle/ Evangelist (Western)
December 27 - St. Stephen, Proto-Martyr (Eastern) 
December 28 - Holy Innocents (Western)
December 29 - Holy Innocents (Eastern)
December 30 - Anysia, Thessalonica, 304
December 31 - The Holy Family (Roman Catholic)

Revised Common Lectionary

The Nativity of Our Lord
Isaiah 9:2-7, Psalm 96
Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-20

The Sunday after Christmas Day
Isaiah 61:10-62:3, Psalm 148
Galatians 4:4-7, Luke 2:22-40

Daily Readings

Liturgical Color - White/Gold

The First Sunday After Christmas Day December 31, 2017 (Year B)
Christ is Born!
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice (Psalm 96), for Jesus Christ redeems us from all of our sins (Titus 2:11-14). The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light (Isaiah 9:2-7). Jesus Christ is born (Luke 2:1-20)!
- Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional
The Nativity of Our Lord and
The First Sunday after Christmas Day

For Reflection Quote 

And when we give each other Christmas gifts in His name, let us remember that He has given us the sun and the moon and the stars, and the earth with its forests and mountains and oceans--and all that lives and move upon them. He has given us all green things and everything that blossoms and bears fruit and all that we quarrel about and all that we have misused--and to save us from our foolishness, from all our sins, He came down to earth and gave us Himself. ― Sigrid Undset (1882-1949)
The First Nativity Scene
"The First Nativity Scene" - A quick tour of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem
Psalm of the Week
Scripture Readings

Sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, praise his name;
    proclaim his salvation day after day.
 Declare his glory among the nations,
    his marvelous deeds among all peoples...
 Let all creation rejoice before the Lord, for he comes,
he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
    and the peoples in his faithfulness...

Psalm 148

Praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord from the heavens;
    praise him in the heights above...

 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
    for his name alone is exalted;
    his splendor is above the earth and the heavens. And he has raised up for his people a horn, the praise of all his faithful servants, 
of Israel, the people close to his heart.

Praise the Lord.

Isaiah 9:2-7
Unto us a child is born

Titus 2:11-14
The grace of God has appeared

Luke 2:1-20
God with us

Isaiah 61:10-62:3
Clothed in garments of salvation

Galatians 4:4-7
Children and heirs of God

Luke 2:22-40
The presentation of the child
Daily Readings
Revised Common Lectionary

Daily Readings
Book of Common Prayer

The Entire Bible in One Year
Practicing Prayer
Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. -from The Book of Common Prayer
Morning Prayer (View and Download)
Further Prayer Resources

Advent and Christmas Daily Prayer Book 2017-2018 (Presbyterian)
Morning and Evening Prayer (Church of England-Protestant)
Liturgy of the Hours and Sung Breviary (Roman Catholic)
Sung Morning Prayer by Calvin Peters (Eastern Orthodox)
Audio Prayer Meditation (Pray as You Go)
Psalm Spotify Playlist
Commentary on Luke 2:22-40
The just Simeon saw him with his heart, because he recognized the infant. He saw him with his eyes, because he took the infant in his arms. Seeing him in both ways, recognizing the Son of God, and cuddling the one begotten of the Virgin, he said, “Now, Lord, you are letting your servant go in peace, since my eyes have seen your salvation.” Notice what he said. You see, he was being kept until he should see with his eyes what he already perceived with faith. He took the baby body, he cradled the body in his arms. On seeing the body, that is, on perceiving the Lord in the flesh, he said, “My eyes have seen your salvation.” How do you know this is not the way in which all flesh is going to see the salvation of God?
More Historic Commentary (View and Download)...
Music for Listening
Thematic Art 
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