Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Eighth Day of Theophany,
Feast of the Naming of Our Lord Jesus Christ
 And in that region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear.
 And the angel said to them, “Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people;
 for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”
 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
 “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased!”
 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”
 And they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
 And when they saw it they made known the saying which had been told them concerning this child;
 and all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.
 But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart.
 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiber’i-us Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Iturae’a and Trachoni’tis, and Lysa’ni-as tetrarch of Abile’ne,
 in the high-priesthood of Annas and Ca’iaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechari’ah in the wilderness;
 and he went into all the region about the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
 As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight.
 Every valley shall be filled,
and every mountain and hill shall be brought low,
and the crooked shall be made straight,
and the rough ways shall be made smooth;
 and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”
 He said therefore to the multitudes that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
 Bear fruits that befit repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, `We have Abraham as our father’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham.
 Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”
 And the multitudes asked him, “What then shall we do?”
 And he answered them, “He who has two coats, let him share with him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise.”
 Tax collectors also came to be baptized, and said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?”
 And he said to them, “Collect no more than is appointed you.”
 Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Rob no one by violence or by false accusation, and be content with your wages.”
 As the people were in expectation, and all men questioned in their hearts concerning John, whether perhaps he were the Christ,
 John answered them all, “I baptize you with water; but he who is mightier than I is coming, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
 His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor, and to gather the wheat into his granary, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”
 So, with many other exhortations, he preached good news to the people.
 But Herod the tetrarch, who had been reproved by him for Hero’di-as, his brother’s wife, and for all the evil things that Herod had done,
 added this to them all, that he shut up John in prison.
 Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened,
 and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form, as a dove, and a voice came from heaven, “Thou art my beloved Son; with thee I am well pleased.”
 Jesus, when he began his ministry, was about thirty years of age, being the son (as was supposed) of Joseph, the son of Heli,
 the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Jan’na-i, the son of Joseph,
 the son of Mattathi’as, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Nag’ga-i,
 the son of Ma’ath, the son of Mattathi’as, the son of Sem’e-in, the son of Josech, the son of Joda,
 the son of Jo-an’an, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerub’babel, the son of She-al’ti-el, the son of Neri,
 the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elma’dam, the son of Er,
 the son of Joshua, the son of Elie’zer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi,
 the son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son of Eli’akim,
 the son of Me’le-a, the son of Menna, the son of Mat’tatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David,
 the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Bo’az, the son of Sala, the son of Nahshon,
 the son of Ammin’adab, the son of Admin, the son of Arni, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah,
 the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor,
 the son of Serug, the son of Re’u, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Shelah,
 the son of Ca-i’nan, the son of Arphax’ad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech,
 the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Maha’lale-el, the son of Ca-i’nan,
 the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.
 And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and was led by the Spirit
 for forty days in the wilderness, tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing in those days; and when they were ended, he was hungry.
 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.”
 And Jesus answered him, “It is written, `Man shall not live by bread alone.’”
 And the devil took him up, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time,
 and said to him, “To you I will give all this authority and their glory; for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will.
 If you, then, will worship me, it shall all be yours.”
 And Jesus answered him, “It is written, `You shall worship the Lord your God,
and him only shall you serve.’”
 And he took him to Jerusalem, and set him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here;
 for it is written, `He will give his angels charge of you, to guard you,’
 and `On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”
 And Jesus answered him, “It is said, `You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’”
 And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time.
 See to it that no one makes a prey of you by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ.
 For in him the whole fulness of deity dwells bodily,
 and you have come to fulness of life in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.
 In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of flesh in the circumcision of Christ;
 and you were buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.
 And you, who were dead in trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses,
 having canceled the bond which stood against us with its legal demands; this he set aside, nailing it to the cross.
 He disarmed the principalities and powers and made a public example of them, triumphing over them in him.
 And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
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