Old Testament: Malachi 3:1-4
Psalter: Psalm 84 or Psalm 24:7-10
Epistle: Hebrews 2:14-18
Gospel: Luke 2:22-40
Strong and mighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus, the presentation of your Son in the temple was his first entrance into the place of sacrifice. Grant that, trusting in his offering upon the cross to forgive our sins and uphold us in the time of trial, we may sing your praises and live in the light of your salvation, Jesus Christ. Amen.
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