Friday, March 25, 2016
Readings for the Annunciation (March 25)
 How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.
 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.
 Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.
 They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.
 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.
 But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.
 Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.
- Psalm 82
 His foundation is in the holy mountains.
 The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
 Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Selah.
 I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to them that know me: behold Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia; this man was born there.
 And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her.
 The LORD shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there. Selah.
 As well the singers as the players on instruments shall be there: all my springs are in thee.
- Psalm 87
 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.
 The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.
 Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.
 The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.
 The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath.
 He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries.
 He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.
- Psalm 110
 O God of my fathers, and Lord of mercy, who hast made all things with thy word,
 And ordained man through thy wisdom, that he should have dominion over the creatures which thou hast made,
 And order the world according to equity and righteousness, and execute judgment with an upright heart:
 Give me wisdom, that sitteth by thy throne; and reject me not from among thy children:
 For I thy servant and son of thine handmaid am a feeble person, and of a short time, and too young for the understanding of judgment and laws.
 For though a man be never so perfect among the children of men, yet if thy wisdom be not with him, he shall be nothing regarded.
 Thou hast chosen me to be a king of thy people, and a judge of thy sons and daughters:
 Thou hast commanded me to build a temple upon thy holy mount, and an altar in the city wherein thou dwellest, a resemblance of the holy tabernacle, which thou hast prepared from the beginning.
 And wisdom was with thee: which knoweth thy works, and was present when thou madest the world, and knew what was acceptable in thy sight, and right in thy commandments.
 O send her out of thy holy heavens, and from the throne of thy glory, that being present she may labour with me, that I may know what is pleasing unto thee.
 For she knoweth and understandeth all things, and she shall lead me soberly in my doings, and preserve me in her power.
 So shall my works be acceptable, and then shall I judge thy people righteously, and be worthy to sit in my father's seat.
- Wisdom 9.1-12
 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!
 Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall bring again Zion.
 Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem: for the LORD hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem.
 The LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
 Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the LORD.
 For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for the LORD will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your rereward.
 Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.
 As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:
 So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.
- Isaiah 57.7-12
 For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak.
 But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him?
 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:
 Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.
 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
- Hebrews 2.5-10
 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.
 For with God nothing shall be impossible.
 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
- Luke 1.28-38
 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
- John 1.9-14