"Celebration," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
Image © by John August Swanson. Artwork held in the Luther Seminary Fine Arts Collection, St. Paul, Minn.
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Get ready for Narrative Lectionary Year 4 (Gospel of John). Walk through major themes for fall and spring and gain practical planning resources.
Christmas Day: Nativity of Our Lord (II)
First Sunday of Christmas
Luke 2:[1-7] 8-20 Commentary
by Richard Swanson
This scene opens with Roman trumpets blaring an imperial order coming from Caesar Augustus when Quirinius was governor of Syria.
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Isaiah 62:6-12 Commentary
by Ingrid Lilly
The wedding metaphor that sets up our passage in Isaiah 62 is probably the reason it was chosen to serve as a Christmas text.
Psalm 97 Commentary
by James Howell
On Christmas Day, when families in pajamas unwrap gifts under their trees, monks in monasteries all around the world rise to chant Psalm 97.
Titus 3:4-7 Commentary
by Erik Heen
The second lesson for today, from Titus 3:4-7, is closely related to the second lesson appointed for Christmas Eve (Titus 2:11-14).
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Brainwave 330 - Christmas Day: Nativity of Our Lord (II)
December 25, 2013
Discussion on texts for Christmas Day (Dec. 25, 2013): (Gospel) Luke 2:[1-7] 8-20; (1st Reading) Isaiah 62:6-12; Psalm 97; (2nd Reading) Titus 3:4-7.