The Canticle of Zechariah

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It's Christmas Eve! Tomorrow and for the next couple of weeks we celebrate Christmas, the birth of our Savior. Today's Gospel reading is the Canticle of Zechariah. If you ever pray the Liturgy of the Hours, you're familiar with this because we pray it every morning. So today, let's pray along with the father of John the Baptist.

 “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel;
        for he has come to his people and set them free.
    He has raised up for us a mighty Savior,
        born of the house of his servant David.
    Through his prophets he promised of old
        that he would save us from our enemies,
        from the hands of all who hate us.
    He promised to show mercy to our fathers
        and to remember his holy covenant.
    This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
        to set us free from the hand of our enemies,
        free to worship him without fear,
        holy and righteous in his sight
            all the days of our life.
    You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High,
        for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
        to give his people knowledge of salvation
        by the forgiveness of their sins.
    In the tender compassion of our God
        the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
        to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,
        and to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

Today's Readings


  • Joyce and Richard: December 28, 2021

    Thank you Nancy……I enjoy reading Gus Lloyd every day. Merry Christmas!

  • Chris Stawiasz: December 28, 2021

    God bless you Gus! Merry Christmas to you and your wonderful family. Thank you for all you do!

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