Holy Name
Feast Day: January 1

Eucharistic Readings

Exodus 34:1-8
Romans 1:1-7 or Philippians 2:9-13 (Year A only)
Psalm 8
Luke 2:15-21

Daily Office

Evening Prayer I: Psalm 90; Isaiah 65:15b-25; Revelation 21:1-6
Morning Prayer: Psalm 103; Isaiah 62:1-5, 10-12; Colossians 2:6-12
Evening Prayer II: Psalm 148; Genesis 17:1-12a, 15-16; John 16:23b-30


Eucharist or Main Service

Exodus 34:1-8

The LORD said to Moses, "Cut two tablets of stone like the former ones, and I will write on the tablets the words that were on the former tablets, which you broke. Be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning to Mount Sinai and present yourself there to me, on the top of the mountain. No one shall come up with you, and do not let anyone be seen throughout all the mountain; and do not let flocks or herds graze in front of that mountain." So Moses cut two tablets of stone like the former ones; and he rose early in the morning and went up on Mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tablets of stone. The LORD descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name, "The LORD." The LORD passed before him, and proclaimed,

"The LORD, the LORD,
a God merciful and gracious,
slow to anger,
and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness,
keeping steadfast love for the thousandth generation,
forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin,
yet by no means clearing the guilty,
but visiting the iniquity of the parents
upon the children and the children's children,
to the third and the fourth generation."

And Moses quickly bowed his head toward the earth, and worshiped.

Romans 1:1-7

Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy scriptures, the gospel concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be Son of God with power according to the spirit of holiness by resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for the sake of his name, including yourselves who are called to belong to Jesus Christ, To all God's beloved in Rome, who are called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

or in Year A

Philippians 2:9-13

Therefore God also highly exalted him
and gave him the name
that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Psalm 8

Domine, Dominus noster

O Lord our Governor :
how glorious is your name in all the earth!

Your majesty above the heavens is yet recounted :
by the mouths of babes and sucklings.

You have founded a strong defence against your adversaries :
to quell the enemy and the avenger.

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers :
the moon and the stars which you have set in order,

What is man, that you should be mindful of him :
or the son of man, that you should care for him?

Yet you have made him little less than a god :
and have crowned him with glory and honour.

You have made him the master of your handiwork :
and have put all things in subjection beneath his feet,

All sheep and oxen :
and all the creatures of the field,

The birds of the air and the fish of the sea :
and everything that moves in the pathways of the great waters.

O Lord our Governor :
how glorious is your name in all the earth!


Luke 2:15-21

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us." So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.


Daily Office

Evening Prayer I

Psalm 90

90 Domine, refugium

Lord, you have been our refuge *
        from one generation to another.

Before the mountains were brought forth,
or the land and the earth were born, *
from age to age you are God.

You turn us back to the dust and say, *
        "Go back, O child of earth."

For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past *
        and like a watch in the night.

You sweep us away like a dream; *
        we fade away suddenly like the grass.

In the morning it is green and flourishes; *
        in the evening it is dried up and withered.

For we consume away in your displeasure; *
        we are afraid because of your wrathful indignation.

Our iniquities you have set before you, *
        and our secret sins in the light of your countenance.

When you are angry, all our days are gone; *
        we bring our years to an end like a sigh.

The span of our life is seventy years,
perhaps in strength even eighty; *
yet the sum of them is but labor and sorrow,
for they pass away quickly and we are gone.

Who regards the power of your wrath? *
        who rightly fears your indignation?

So teach us to number our days *
        that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.

Return, O Lord; how long will you tarry? *
        be gracious to your servants.

Satisfy us by your loving-kindness in the morning; *
        so shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.

Make us glad by the measure of the days that you afflicted us *
        and the years in which we suffered adversity.

Show your servants your works *
        and your splendor to their children.

May the graciousness of the Lord our God be upon us; *
        prosper the work of our hands;
        prosper our handiwork.

Isaiah 65:15b-25

To his servants he will give another name.
Whoever invokes a blessing in the land
will do so by the God of truth;
he who takes an oath in the land
will swear by the God of truth.
For the past troubles will be forgotten
and hidden from my eyes.

"Behold, I will create
new heavens and a new earth.
The former things will not be remembered,
nor will they come to mind.
But be glad and rejoice forever
in what I will create,
for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight
and its people a joy.
I will rejoice over Jerusalem
and take delight in my people;
the sound of weeping and of crying
will be heard in it no more.
"Never again will there be in it
an infant who lives but a few days,
or an old man who does not live out his years;
he who dies at a hundred
will be thought a mere youth;
he who fails to reach a hundred
will be considered accursed.
They will build houses and dwell in them;
they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
No longer will they build houses and others live in them,
or plant and others eat.
For as the days of a tree,
so will be the days of my people;
my chosen ones will long enjoy
the works of their hands.

They will not toil in vain
or bear children doomed to misfortune;
for they will be a people blessed by the LORD ,
they and their descendants with them.
Before they call I will answer;
while they are still speaking I will hear.
The wolf and the lamb will feed together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox,
but dust will be the serpent's food.
They will neither harm nor destroy
on all my holy mountain,"
says the LORD .

Revelation 21:1-6

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."

He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true."

He said to me: "It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life."

Morning Prayer

Psalm 103

103 Benedic, anima mea

Bless the Lord, O my soul, *
        and all that is within me, bless his holy Name.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, *
        and forget not all his benefits.

He forgives all your sins *
        and heals all your infirmities;

He redeems your life from the grave *
        and crowns you with mercy and loving-kindness;

He satisfies you with good things, *
        and your youth is renewed like an eagle's.

The Lord executes righteousness *
        and judgment for all who are oppressed.

He made his ways known to Moses *
        and his works to the children of Israel.

The Lord is full of compassion and mercy, *
        slow to anger and of great kindness.

He will not always accuse us, *
        nor will he keep his anger for ever.

He has not dealt with us according to our sins, *
        nor rewarded us according to our wickedness.

For as the heavens are high above the earth, *
        so is his mercy great upon those who fear him.

As far as the east is from the west, *
        so far has he removed our sins from us.

As a father cares for his children, *
        so does the Lord care for those who fear him.

For he himself knows whereof we are made; *
        he remembers that we are but dust.

Our days are like the grass; *
        we flourish like a flower of the field;

When the wind goes over it, it is gone, *
        and its place shall know it no more.

But the merciful goodness of the Lord endures for ever
    on those who fear him, *
        and his righteousness on children's children;

On those who keep his covenant *
        and remember his commandments and do them.

The Lord has set his throne in heaven, *
        and his kingship has dominion over all.

Bless the Lord, you angels of his,
you mighty ones who do his bidding, *
and hearken to the voice of his word.

Bless the Lord, all you his hosts, *
        you ministers of his who do his will.

Bless the Lord, all you works of his,
in all places of his dominion; *
bless the Lord, O my soul.


Isaiah 62:1-5,10-12

For Zion's sake I will not keep silent,
for Jerusalem's sake I will not remain quiet,
till her righteousness shines out like the dawn,
her salvation like a blazing torch.

The nations will see your righteousness,
and all kings your glory;
you will be called by a new name
that the mouth of the LORD will bestow.

You will be a crown of splendor in the LORD's hand,
a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
No longer will they call you Deserted,
or name your land Desolate.
But you will be called Hephzibah,
and your land Beulah ;
for the LORD will take delight in you,
and your land will be married.
as a young man marries a maiden,
so will your sons marry you;
as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride,
so will your God rejoice over you.

Pass through, pass through the gates!
Prepare the way for the people.
Build up, build up the highway!
Remove the stones.
Raise a banner for the nations.

The LORD has made proclamation
to the ends of the earth:
"Say to the Daughter of Zion,
'See, your Savior comes!
See, his reward is with him,
and his recompense accompanies him.' "
They will be called the Holy People,
the Redeemed of the LORD ;
and you will be called Sought After,
the City No Longer Deserted.

Colossians 2:6-12

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority. In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.

Evening Prayer II

Psalm 148

148 Laudate Dominum

Praise the Lord from the heavens; *
praise him in the heights.

Praise him, all you angels of his; *
        praise him, all his host.

Praise him, sun and moon; *
        praise him, all you shining stars.

Praise him, heaven of heavens, *
        and you waters above the heavens.

Let them praise the Name of the Lord; *
        for he commanded, and they were created.

He made them stand fast for ever and ever; *
        he gave them a law which shall not pass away.

Praise the Lord from the earth, *
        you sea-monsters and all deeps;

Fire and hail, snow and fog, *
        tempestuous wind, doing his will;

Mountains and all hills, *
        fruit trees and all cedars;

Wild beasts and all cattle, *
        creeping things and winge!d birds;

Kings of the earth and all peoples, *
        princes and all rulers of the world;

Young men and maidens, *
        old and young together.

Let them praise the Name of the Lord, *
        for his Name only is exalted,
        his splendor is over earth and heaven.

He has raised up strength for his people
and praise for all his loyal servants, *
the children of Israel, a people who are near him.


Genesis 17:1-12a, 15-16

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, "I am God Almighty ; walk before me and be blameless. I will confirm my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers."

Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, "As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. No longer will you be called Abram ; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. The whole land of Canaan, where you are now an alien, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God."

Then God said to Abraham, "As for you, you must keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you for the generations to come. This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you, the covenant you are to keep: Every male among you shall be circumcised. You are to undergo circumcision, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and you. For the generations to come every male among you who is eight days old must be circumcised.

God also said to Abraham, "As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her."

John 16:23b-30

I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

"Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father. In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father."

Then Jesus' disciples said, "Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech. Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God."


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