Day Five — Sunday 29 December 2018 — First Sunday after Christmas

The Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us. O come, let us worship. Alleluia

Readings: Isaiah 63.7-9 | Psalm 148 | Hebrews 2.10-18 | Matthew 2.13-23 |

Dream Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn. Joseph's dream. c.1645 Gemädegalerie, Berlin.

Flight into Egypt
by Vincent Uher (1997)

Lonely travelers from the stable
Out beneath the hard blue sky
Journeying, wandering, hoping, praying
For the safety of their child
While our mother Rachel’s weeping
Fills the streets of Bethlehem.
Kyrie eleison.

Warned by angels moved to save him
Who was born our kind to save
Joseph leads his holy family
Far from Herod and harm’s way
Mary shielding and consoling
Jesus Christ the Son of God.
Kyrie eleison.

Fleeing from the land of promise
They in Egypt find a home
Strange the workings of God’s mercy
House of bondage now God’s throne
But for sons who all were murdered
Sorrow breaks the House of Bread.
Kyrie eleison.

True the tale of flight and exile
Out of Egypt comes God’s Son
Angels tell of Herod’s dying
All is ended, all begun
Jesus will grow up in Nazareth
And the world will all be stunned.
Kyrie eleison.

Prayer

Lord Jesus, as an infant you fled to Egypt in the care of Mary and Joseph. You were a vulnerable family in a foreign land, looking for shelter and sustenance. Help us to welcome those like you who cross our borders today. Give us hearts of compassion, humane response, and laws that respect the dignity of all immigrants.

 

The Flight Into Egypt: An teicheadg go hÉigipt. Nightnoise: A Celtic Christmas (1999)


May the Lord, who has called out of darkness into his marvellous light, bless us and fill us with peace. Amen.


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