Old Testament: Jeremiah 31:7-14
Psalter: Sirach 24:1-12 or Psalm 147:12-20 or Wisdom of Solomon 10:15-21
Epistle: Ephesians 1:3-14
Gospel: John 1:(1-9), 10-18
Gracious God, you have redeemed us through Jesus Christ, the first-born of all creation, whose birth we celebrate as the child of Bethlehem. Bless us with every spiritual blessing, that we may live as your adopted children and witness to your glory with unending praise and thanksgiving. Amen.
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