The Adoration of the Shepherds
Matthias Stom
circa 1650
Palazzo Madama, Turin, Italy
Public Domain

The Collect

ALMIGHTY Father, who has given thine only Son to die for our sins, and to rise again for our justification; Grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness, that we may alway serve thee in pureness of living and truth; through the merits of the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle – 2 Corinthians 2

The Gospel – Luke 2