A reading from the second Book of Samuel (2 Samuel 7: 1-5.8b-12. l4a.16)
The kingdom of David shall be made sure for ever before the Lord.
Now when King David dwelt in his house, and the LORD had given him rest from all his enemies round about, the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells in a tent.” And Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your heart; for the LORD is with you.” But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, “Go and tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord; Would you build me a house to dwell in? “‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel; and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. And I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and violent men shall afflict them no more, as formerly, from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house. When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come forth from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. “‘I will be his Father and he shall be my son. “‘And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure for ever before me; your throne shall be established for ever. ”’
The word of the Lord.
Psalm 89:2-3.4-5.27 and 29 (R. 2a)
R/. I will sing forever of your mercies, O Lord.
I will sing forever of your mercies, O Lord;
Through all ages my mouth will proclaim your fidelity.
I have declared your mercy is established forever;
Your fidelity stands firm as the heavens. R.
with my chosen one I have made a covenant;
I have sworn to David my servant;
I will establish your descendants forever,
And set up your throne through all ages.” R.
“He will call out to me, ‘You are my father,
My God, the rock of my salvation.’
I will keep my faithful love for him always;
With him my covenant shall last.” R.
Alleluia. O Daystar, splendour of the eternal light and son of justice! Come and enlighten those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death. Alleluia.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke (Luke 1:67-79)
“The day shall dawn upon us from on high.”