Joseph’s dream
Rembrandt
1645
Gemäldegalerie, Berlin, Germany
Public Domain

The 1662 Book of Common Prayer

The Collect

Almighty God, who hast given us thy only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure Virgin: Grant that we being regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit; through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Then shall follow the Collect of the Nativity, if before the Circumcision of Christ.

Almighty God, who hast given us thy only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure Virgin: Grant that we being regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit; through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

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The Epistle and Gospel Lessons

Galatians 4:1-7Matthew 1:18-21

Commentary

  • Melville Scott, The Harmony of the Collects, Epistles, and Gospels

Biennial Bible Reading Plan

Psalter Lessons, Holy Days, and Commemorations

27-DecSaint John the EvangelistPsalm 146 (Coverdale)Psalm 146
28-DecThe InnocentsPsalm 147 (Coverdale)Psalm 147
29-DecKing DavidPsalm 148 (Coverdale)Psalm 148
30-Dec Psalm 149 (Coverdale)Psalm 149
31-DecSylvester IPsalm 150 (Coverdale)Psalm 150
1-JanThe CircumcisionPsalm 1 (Coverdale)Psalm 1
2-JanBasil of Caesarea and Gregory of NazianzenPsalm 2 (Coverdale)Psalm 2

Lessons From the Old and New Testaments

Sunday, December 27, 2020Malachi 4 The Sunday after Christmas Day
Monday, December 28, 2020Genesis 1John 1
Tuesday, December 29, 2020Genesis 2John 2
Wednesday, December 30, 2020Genesis 3John 3
Thursday, December 31, 2020Genesis 4John 4
Friday, January 1, 2021Genesis 5John 5
Saturday, January 2, 2021Genesis 6John 6

Optional Readings

These readings are taken from the Apocrypha/Deuterocanon (A), the Pseudegrapha (P), and the writings of Flavius Josephus (J)
Sunday, December 27, 2020No readingsNo readings
Monday, December 28, 2020No readingsAntiquties Preface
Tuesday, December 29, 2020Jubilees 1-2 (P)Antiquities 1.1.1-1.1.3
Wednesday, December 30, 2020Jubilees 3 (P)Antiquities 1.1.4
Thursday, December 31, 2020No readingsAntiquities 1.2.1
Friday, January 1, 2021Jubilees 4 (P)Antiquities 1.2.2-1.2.3
Saturday, January 2, 2021No readingsAntiquities 1.3.1-1.3.4