Epistle Reading: Galatians 1:11-19
But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which
was preached by me is not according to man.
For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it,
but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.
For you have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, how I
persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it.
And I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries
in my own nation, being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my
But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's
womb and called me through His grace,
to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the
Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood,
nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles
before me; but I went to Arabia, and returned again to Damascus.
Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter,
and remained with him fifteen days.
But I saw none of the other apostles except James, the
Gospel Reading: Matthew 2:13-23
Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord
appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, "Arise, take the young Child and His
mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod
will seek the young Child to destroy Him."
When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by
night and departed for Egypt,
and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be
fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, "Out of
Egypt I called My Son."
Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men,
was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male
children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old
and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men.
Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet,
"A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, weeping, and
great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted,
because they were no more."
But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord
appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,
saying, "Arise, take the young Child and His mother, and go
to the land of Israel, for those who sought the young Child's life are dead."
Then he arose, took the young Child and His mother, and came
into the land of Israel.
But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea
instead of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned by
God in a dream, he turned aside into the region of Galilee.
And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it
might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, "He shall be called a
Saints and Feasts
Sunday After the Nativity; Anysia the Virgin-martyr of Thessaloniki; Gideon the New Martyr of Mount Athos; Holy Martyr Philetaerus; Righteous Father Leondus the Archimandrite; Afterfeast of the Nativity