First Reading: 2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16
1: Now when the king dwelt in his house, and the LORD had given him rest from all his enemies round about,
2: 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."
3: And Nathan said to the king, "Go, do all that is in your heart; for the LORD is with you."
4: But that same night the word of the LORD came to Nathan,
5: "Go and tell my servant David, `Thus says the LORD: Would you build me a house to dwell in?
8: Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David, `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;
9: 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.
10: 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,
11: 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.
12: 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.
14: I will be his father, and he shall be my son. When he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men;
16: And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure for ever before me; your throne shall be established for ever.'"
Psalm: Psalms 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 and 29
I will sing of thy steadfast love, O LORD, for ever; with my mouth I will proclaim thy faithfulness to all generations.
For thy steadfast love was established for ever, thy faithfulness is firm as the heavens.
Thou hast said, "I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to David my servant:
`I will establish your descendants for ever, and build your throne for all generations.'"
He shall cry to me, `Thou art my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation.'
My steadfast love I will keep for him for ever, and my covenant will stand firm for him.
Gospel: Luke 1:67-79
67: And his father Zechari'ah was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying,
68: "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people,
69: and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David,
70: as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
71: that we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all who hate us;
72: to perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant,
73: the oath which he swore to our father Abraham,
74: to grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear,
75: in holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life.
76: And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
77: to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins,
78: through the tender mercy of our God, when the day shall dawn upon us from on high
79: to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace."