The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to Aaron and his offspring, saying, 'Thus you shall bless the Israelites: You shall say to them, "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace." So they shall put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.'
This is the word of the Lord. Numbers 6. 22-27
|R||O Lord our governor,|
how exalted is your name in all the world!
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars you have set in their courses;
what are mortals, that you should be mindful of them?;
mere human beings, that you should seek them out?
You have made them little lower than the angels;
you adorn them with glory and honour. R
You give them mastery over the works of your hands;
and put all things under their feet,
all sheep and oxen, even the wild beasts of the field,
the birds of the air, the fish of the sea,
and whatsoever walks in the paths of the sea. R Psalm 8
When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.
This is the word of the Lord. Galatians 4. 4-7Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us." So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
This is the gospel of Christ. Luke 2. 15-21