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The Daily Readings for December 15, 2020

We've included both the Morning and Evening Psalms for the Daily Office; they are listed after the other readings. If you'd like to filter for a particular day's readings, you can do it at The Daily Readings Anytime.

Isaiah 9:1-7

But there will be no gloom for those who were in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he will make glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness-- on them light has shined. You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder. For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. For all the boots of the tramping warriors and all the garments rolled in blood shall be burned as fuel for the fire. For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.

2 Peter 1:12-21

Therefore I intend to keep on reminding you of these things, though you know them already and are established in the truth that has come to you. I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to refresh your memory, since I know that my death will come soon, as indeed our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things. For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received honor and glory from God the Father when that voice was conveyed to him by the Majestic Glory, saying, "This is my Son, my Beloved, with whom I am well pleased." We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven, while we were with him on the holy mountain. So we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed. You will do well to be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by human will, but men and women moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

Luke 22:54-69

Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest's house. But Peter was following at a distance. When they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them. Then a servant-girl, seeing him in the firelight, stared at him and said, "This man also was with him." But he denied it, saying, "Woman, I do not know him." A little later someone else, on seeing him, said, "You also are one of them." But Peter said, "Man, I am not!" Then about an hour later still another kept insisting, "Surely this man also was with him; for he is a Galilean." But Peter said, "Man, I do not know what you are talking about!" At that moment, while he was still speaking, the cock crowed. The Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, "Before the cock crows today, you will deny me three times." And he went out and wept bitterly. Now the men who were holding Jesus began to mock him and beat him; they also blindfolded him and kept asking him, "Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?" They kept heaping many other insults on him. When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people, both chief priests and scribes, gathered together, and they brought him to their council. They said, "If you are the Messiah, tell us." He replied, "If I tell you, you will not believe; and if I question you, you will not answer. But from now on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God."

Morning Psalms

Psalm 45 Eructavit cor meum

  My heart is stirring with a noble song; let me recite what I have fashioned for the king; *
my tongue shall be the pen of a skilled writer.
  You are the fairest of men; *
grace flows from your lips, because God has blessed you for ever.
  Strap your sword upon your thigh, O mighty warrior, *
in your pride and in your majesty.
  Ride out and conquer in the cause of truth *
and for the sake of justice.
  Your right hand will show you marvelous things; *
your arrows are very sharp, O mighty warrior.
  The peoples are falling at your feet, *
and the king's enemies are losing heart.
  Your throne, O God, endures for ever and ever, *
a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of your kingdom; you love righteousness and hate iniquity.
  Therefore God, your God, has anointed you *
with the oil of gladness above your fellows.
  All your garments are fragrant with myrrh, aloes, and cassia, *
and the music of strings from ivory palaces makes you glad.
10   Kings' daughters stand among the ladies of the court; *
on your right hand is the queen, adorned with the gold of Ophir.
11   Hear, O daughter; consider and listen closely; *
forget your people and your father's house.
12   The king will have pleasure in your beauty; *
he is your master; therefore do him honor.
13   The people of Tyre are here with a gift; *
the rich among the people seek your favor."
14   All glorious is the princess as she enters; *
her gown is cloth-of-gold.
15   In embroidered apparel she is brought to the king; *
after her the bridesmaids follow in procession.
16   With joy and gladness they are brought, *
and enter into the palace of the king.
17   In place of fathers, O king, you shall have sons; *
you shall make them princes over all the earth.
18   I will make your name to be remembered from one generation to another; *
therefore nations will praise you for ever and ever."

Evening Psalms

Psalm 47 Omnes gentes, plaudite

  Clap your hands, all you peoples; *
shout to God with a cry of joy.
  For the LORD Most High is to be feared; *
he is the great King over all the earth.
  He subdues the peoples under us, *
and the nations under our feet.
  He chooses our inheritance for us, *
the pride of Jacob whom he loves.
  God has gone up with a shout, *
the LORD with the sound of the ram's-horn.
  Sing praises to God, sing praises; *
sing praises to our King, sing praises.
  For God is King of all the earth; *
sing praises with all your skill.
  God reigns over the nations; *
God sits upon his holy throne.
  The nobles of the peoples have gathered together *
with the people of the God of Abraham.
10   The rulers of the earth belong to God, *
and he is highly exalted.

Psalm 48 Magnus Dominus

  Great is the LORD, and highly to be praised; *
in the city of our God is his holy hill.
  Beautiful and lofty, the joy of all the earth, is the hill of Zion, *
the very center of the world and the city of the great King.
  God is in her citadels; *
he is known to be her sure refuge.
  Behold, the kings of the earth assembled *
and marched forward together.
  They looked and were astounded; *
they retreated and fled in terror.
  Trembling seized them there; *
they writhed like a woman in childbirth, like ships of the sea when the east wind shatters them.
  As we have heard, so have we seen, in the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God; *
God has established her for ever.
  We have waited in silence on your loving-kindness, O God, *
in the midst of your temple.
  Your praise, like your Name, O God, reaches to the world's end; *
your right hand is full of justice.
10   Let Mount Zion be glad and the cities of Judah rejoice, *
because of your judgments.
11   Make the circuit of Zion; walk round about her; *
count the number of her towers.
12   Consider well her bulwarks; examine her strongholds; *
that you may tell those who come after.
13   This God is our God for ever and ever; *
he shall be our guide for evermore.

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. The New Revised Standard Version Bible may be quoted and/or reprinted up to and inclusive of five hundred (500) verses without express written permission of the publisher, provided the verses quoted do not amount to a complete book of the Bible or account for fifty percent (50%) of the total work in which they are quoted.

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