Christmas Day

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.

Book of Common Prayer

Old Testament Reading

Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Isaiah 7: 14

New Testament Reading

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not. 

John 1: 1-5

Liturgical Affirmation

Quisquis non receperit regnum Dei velut parvulus, non intrabit in illud.

Ego sum lux mundi.

Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall not enter therein. I am the light of the world.

Marsilio Ficino’s Book of the Sun

During the Christmas Season we read Marsilio Ficino’s alligorical treatise on the Sun. We cover one or two chapters each day to complete the work by the twelfth day of Christmas. This is one of two annual readings of the work. The second reading occurs during the 19th week of Trinity.

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