Old Testament: Baruch 5:1-9 or Malachi 3:1-4
Psalter: Luke 1:68-79
Epistle: Philippians 1:3-11
Gospel: Luke 3:1-6
Out of the embrace of mercy and righteousness, you have brought forth joy and dignity for your people, O Holy One of Israel. Remember now your ancient promise: make straight the paths that lead to you, and smooth the rough ways, that in our day we might bring forth your compassion for all humanity. Amen.