First Reading: Malachi 3:1-4
1 Behold I send my angel, and he shall prepare the way before my face. And presently the Lord, whom you seek, and the angel of the testament, whom you desire, shall come to his temple. Behold, he cometh, saith the Lord of hosts.
2 And who shall be able to think of the day of his coming? and who shall stand to see him? for he is like a refining fire, and like the fuller's herb:
3 And he shall sit refining and cleansing the silver, and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and shall refine them as gold, and as silver, and they shall offer sacrifices to the Lord in justice.
4 And the sacrifice of Juda and of Jerusalem shall please the Lord, as in the days of old, and in the ancient years.
Psalm: Psalms 24:7, 8, 9, 10
7: Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O ancient doors! that the King of glory may come in.
8: Who is the King of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD, mighty in battle!
9: Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O ancient doors! that the King of glory may come in.
10: Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory!
Second Reading: Hebrews 2:14-18
14 Therefore because the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself in like manner hath been partaker of the same: that, through death, he might destroy him who had the empire of death, that is to say, the devil:
15 And might deliver them, who through the fear of death were all their lifetime subject to servitude.
16 For no where doth he take hold of the angels: but of the seed of Abraham he taketh hold.
17 Wherefore, it behoved him in all things to be made like unto his brethren, that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest before God, that he might be a propitiation for the sins of the people.
18 For in that wherein he himself hath suffered and been tempted he is able to succour them also that are tempted.
Gospel: Luke 2:22-40
22: And when the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord
23: (as it is written in the law of the Lord, "Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord")
24: and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, "a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons."
25: Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
26: And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ.
27: And inspired by the Spirit he came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law,
28: he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,
29: "Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word;
30: for mine eyes have seen thy salvation
31: which thou hast prepared in the presence of all peoples,
32: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to thy people Israel."
33: And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him;
34: and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against
35: (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed."
36: And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phan'u-el, of the tribe of Asher; she was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years from her virginity,
37: and as a widow till she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day.
38: And coming up at that very hour she gave thanks to God, and spoke of him to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.
39: And when they had performed everything according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth.
40: And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.