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23 December

23/12/2012 12:01 am


A Reading from the holy Gospel according according to Luke  1:57-66

The birth of John the Baptist

The time came for Elizabeth to have her child, and she gave birth to a son; and when her neighbours and relations heard that the Lord had shown her so great a kindness, they shared her joy.

Now on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; they were going to call him Zechariah after his father, but his mother spoke up. 'No,' she said 'he is to be called John.' They said to her, 'But no one in your family has that name,' and made signs to his father to find out what he wanted him called. The father asked for a writing tablet and wrot, 'His name is John.' And they were all astonished. At that instant his power of speech returned and he spoe and praised God. All their neighbours were filled with awe and the whole affair was talked about throughout the hill country of Judaea. All those who heard of it treausred it in their hearts. 'What will this child turn out to be? they wondered. And indeed the hand of the Lord was with him.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

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