The Word This Week

The Presentation of Our Lord: In accordance with Jewish law, Jesus is Presented in the temple 40 days after his birth, and two doves are sacrificed: Simeon recognises Him as the fulfilment of the promises, and the Light of the World. So Christ, the light of the nations, brings God’s light into the world darkened by sin. And we are to bring this light into our world, since we share in Christ’s mission and life. He accomplished this for us through his death by which he took away the power of evil: He became one of us through the incarnation, and because he has himself been through temptation, he is able to help others who are tempted.

Today’s Scripture  (Psalter: Week 4)

Malachi 3: 1 – 4

Response: Psalm 23
O gates, lift up your heads;
grow higher, ancient doors.
Let him enter, the king of glory!

Who is the king of glory?
The Lord, the mighty, the valiant,
the Lord, the valiant in war.

O gates, lift high your heads;
grow higher, ancient doors.
Let him enter, the king of glory!

Who is he, the king of glory?
He, the Lord of armies,
he is the king of glory.

(Sung Antiphon: Who is the king of glory? It is the Lord.)

Hebrews 2: 14 – 18

Acclamation for the Gospel:

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
The light to enlighten the Gentiles
And give glory to Israel, your people. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Luke 2: 22 – 40

Prayer of the Faithful: R/. Lord , let your light shine.

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