Joachim and Ann, Parents of Mary
Almighty God, heavenly Father, we remember in thanksgiving this day the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary; and we pray that we all may be made one in the heavenly family of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.
The LORD has sworn in truth to David; He will not turn from it: 'I will set upon your throne the fruit of your body. 12
If your sons will keep My covenant And My testimony which I shall teach them, Their sons also shall sit upon your throne forevermore.' 13
For the LORD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His dwelling place: 14
This is My resting place forever; Here I will dwell, for I have desired it. 15
I will abundantly bless her provision; I will satisfy her poor with bread. 16
I will also clothe her priests with salvation, And her saints shall shout aloud for joy. 17
There I will make the horn of David grow; I will prepare a lamp for My Anointed. 18
His enemies I will clothe with shame, But upon Himself His crown shall flourish.' *At the end of the Psalms this is sung or said
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: * as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
Old Testament 1
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, 'I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. 2
And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.' 3
Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying: 4
As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. 5
No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations. 6
I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. 7
And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. 8
Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.'
1 Officiant: The Word of the Lord. The People:
Thanks be to God.
New Testament 1
1 Thessalonians 1:1-15
Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2
We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, 3
remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father, 4
knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God. 5
For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake. 6
And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit, 7
so that you became examples to all in Macedonia and Achaia who believe. 8
For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place. Your faith toward God has gone out, so that we do not need to say anything. 9
For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10
and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come. Officiant: The Word of the Lord. The People:
Thanks be to God.
Gospel Introduction to the Gospel:
Deacon:The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you. Or And with your spirit
Deacon: May the Lord be on our minds, on our lips, and on our hearts as we hear His Holy Gospel. The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke
People: Glory to You, Lord Christ.
Deacon: We are reading from Luke's Gospel chapter 1, beginning at verse 26
Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27
to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary. 28
And having come in, the angel said to her, 'Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!' 29
But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. 30
Then the angel said to her, 'Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31
And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. 32
He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33
And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.'
After the Gospel reading, the deacon can elevate the book and says:
Deacon: The Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ.