First Sunday after Christmas: The Seed of David Comes to His Temple
A Rod has come forth from the stem of Jesse (Is. 11:1–5)–the Seed of David whose kingdom shall be established forever (2 Sam. 7:1–16). In the fullness of time, God sent forth His Son Jesus to redeem us from the judgment of the Law (Gal. 4:1–7). Now He is presented in the temple in fulfillment of the Law and revealed to be “a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel” (Luke 2:22–40). Christ has enlightened us in baptism, giving us to be adopted as sons of God and heirs of eternal life. Receiving the Holy Sacrament of His body and blood, we are prepared to depart this world in peace, for our eyes have seen the salvation of God in Him.
The appointed Scripture readings for this day include:
Introit: Ps. 93:1, 3–4; antiphon: Ps. 93:5, 2
Psalm: Psalm 89:1-8 (antiphon: verse eight)
Old Testament: Isaiah 11:1–5
Gradual: Ps. 45:1–2
Epistle: Galatians 4:1–7
Verse: Ps. 93:1
Gospel: Luke 2:22–40
In His temple now behold Him,
See the long expected Lord;
Ancient prophets had foretold Him—
God has now fulfilled His word.
Now to praise Him, His redeemèd
Shall break forth with one accord.
In the arms of her who bore Him,
Virgin pure, behold Him lie,
While his agèd saints adore Him
Ere in faith and hope they die.
Lo, th’incarnate God most high.
Jesus, by Thy presentation,
Thou, who didst for us endure,
Make us see our great salvation,
Seal us with Thy promise sure.
And present us in Thy glory
To Thy Father, cleansed and pure.
Prince and Author of salvation,
Be Thy boundless love our theme!
Jesus, praise to Thee be given
By the world Thou didst redeem.
With the Father and the Spirit,
Lord of majesty supreme!
Words: Henry J. Pye, Hymns, 1851 (stanzas 1-3); William Cooke (stanza 4), 1853.