St. Luke 1: 57-80

Dec. 24, 2021

57Now Elisabeth’s full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son.

58And her neighbours and her cousins heard how the Lord had shewed great mercy upon her; and they rejoiced with her.

59And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father.

60And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John.

61And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name.

62And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called.

63And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all.

64And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised God.

65And fear came on all that dwelt round about them: and all these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill country of Judaea.

66And all they that heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this be! And the hand of the Lord was with him.

67And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying,

68Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people,

69And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;

70As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began:

71That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us;

72To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant;

73The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,

74That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,

75In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.

76And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;

77To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins,

78Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,

79To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.

80And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.

Just for clarification – the Lectionary in 1928 Book of Common Prayer lists the New Testament reading for the Friday in the fourth week of Advent to be Luke 1: 57-66 and the New Testament reading for Christmas Eve to be Luke 1: 67 (to the end, verse 80). As this is both Friday and Christmas Eve, I’ve put them both together as one reading.

Those of us who do the long form of Morning Prayer can probably recite the verses upside down and backward (not me, of course – I have a terrible memory!).

You won’t see video links in this blog very often but sometimes something special is called for and I think this is a valid time for this video. I was 13 years old when I saw it for the first time and have watched it every year since. I can’t think of a better way to end our Advent. Enjoy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kH0PeNbI3to

2 thoughts on “St. Luke 1: 57-80”

  1. Just six and a half hours to go to The Big Day, a whole five hours ahead of America! It will soon be time to light the final candle on the Advent wreath.

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