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Saturday, December 20, 2008

The Gospel


Son of God Jesus Christ Our Only Lord and Saviour the only Mediator between God and man in the flesh most Holy Angel of Almighty Counsel Captain of the hosts of the Lord going before us with all of your elect doxas and holy angels of your saints unto all salvation and victory unceasingly and now and always and unto the endless ages of ages to come

With and by the prayer and company of all Your elect angels and saints, especially Ss. Joseph, Mary, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, James, Peter, Jude, Ignatius, Polycarp, Irenaeus, Clement of Alexandria, Hippolytus, Origen, Novatian, Cyprian and Athanasius, for and with us unceasingly


Indwelling the Blessed Virgin Mary,
BLESSED SPIKENARD, by which You were conceived and truly born on earth 70 generations from Adam and Your creation of all creation thus subsuming flesh of Adam and all men, HOLY CROCUS, Immortal Son of God Immortal Soul descended from the third heaven from the Father’s right hand for our salvation
By Your most Holy Cross Holy Blood Holy Spirit of the Father and the Son Jesus Christ Our Only Lord and Saviour the only first born from the dead in the flesh the only one Resurrected Ascended Assumed Bodily in the flesh and seated at the right hand of the FATHER
MOST HOLY LORD GOD ALMIGHTY Abba Our Father through You alone, Immortal Son - Soul in the Form of God in the Bosom of the Father Only-begotten Incarnate Word Wisdom Power of the Father, Jesus Christ Our Only Lord and Saviour, send forth Your Holy Spirit, Life Quickening Breath of Life Energy, our Paraclete,
Enkindle in our hearts the fire of Your love and we shall be created and You shall renew the face of the earth
Most especially by
Your Most Holy Eucharist which You alone give to us Baruch Adonai Yahweh El Olam eth Abba Our Father and the Son Jesus Christ Our Only Lord and Saviour and the Holy Spirit our Paraclete Jesus Christ Our Only Lord and Saviour Your Infinitely Pure and Undefiled Real Presence truly made manifest again in the bread the wine and the water Whom we receive in faith Holy Immortal Undivided Trinity indwelling us with all Your faithful them with us granting us all Your gifts and mercies our spirits souls bodies totally delivered unceasingly making us our flesh sons by adoption only one in You Christ Jesus Our Only Lord and Saviour in Your life quickening Spirit our souls in the image of Your Divine Essence Substance Nature and bodies in the likeness and character of Your Incarnate Person Holy Immortal Son of God Only-begotten Jesus Christ Our Only Lord and Saviour Your Immortal Soul the express Image of the Essence/Substance of God Our Father Logos Monogenes Immortal Being by Nature Divine in the Form of God in the Bosom of the Immortal Father One in the Immortal Holy Spirit Word Wisdom Power Energy of God in His Love Only First Born from the dead in the flesh Who in Your Divine Holy Person Suffered for us as You are One in God Our Father in You You in us Most Holy Lord God Pantocrator, Who alone bought us unceasingly Our Only Redeemer, Jesus Christ Our Only Lord and Saviour in the flesh by Your Most Holy Sacrifice.
Who is and was and is to come
Kannawn Anawim

The Gospel as our Lady announces:

1 ¶ Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a narration of the things that have been accomplished among us,
2 According as they have delivered them unto us, who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word:
3 It seemed good to me also, having diligently attained to all things from the beginning, to write to thee in order, most excellent Theophilus,
4 That thou mayest know the verity of those words in which thou hast been instructed.
5 ¶ There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zachary, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name Elizabeth.
6 And they were both just before God, walking in all the commandments and justifications of the Lord without blame.
7 And they had no son, for that Elizabeth was barren: and they both were well advanced in years.
8 And it came to pass, when he executed the priestly function in the order of his course before God,
9 According to the custom of the priestly office, it was his lot to offer incense, going into the temple of the Lord.
10 And all the multitude of the people was praying without, at the hour of incense.
11 And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord, standing on the right side of the altar of incense.
12 And Zachary seeing him, was troubled: and fear fell upon him.
13 But the angel said to him: Fear not, Zachary, for thy prayer is heard: and thy wife Elizabeth shall bear thee a son. And thou shalt call his name John.
14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness: and many shall rejoice in his nativity.
15 For he shall be great before the Lord and shall drink no wine nor strong drink: and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb.
16 And he shall convert many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God.
17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias: that he may turn the hearts of the fathers unto the children and the incredulous to the wisdom of the just, to prepare unto the Lord a perfect people.
18 And Zachary said to the angel: Whereby shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.
19 And the angel answering, said to him: I am Gabriel, who stand before God and am sent to speak to thee and to bring thee these good tidings.
20 And behold, thou shalt be dumb and shalt not be able to speak until the day wherein these things shall come to pass: because thou hast not believed my words, which shall be fulfilled in their time.
21 And the people were waiting for Zachary: and they wondered that he tarried so long in the temple.
22 And when he came out, he could not speak to them: and they understood that he had seen a vision in the temple. And he made signs to them and remained dumb.
23 And it came to pass, after the days of his office were accomplished, he departed to his own house.
24 And after those days, Elizabeth his wife conceived and hid herself five months, saying:
25 Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he hath had regard to take away my reproach among men.
26 ¶ And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth,
27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David: and the virgin's name was Mary.
28 And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
29 Who having heard, was troubled at his saying and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be.
30 And the angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God.
31 Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb and shalt bring forth a son: and thou shalt call his name Jesus.
32 He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father: and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever.
33 And of his kingdom there shall be no end.
34 And Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done, because I know not man?
35 And the angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
36 And behold thy cousin Elizabeth, she also hath conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her that is called barren.
37 Because no word shall be impossible with God.
38 And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord: be it done to me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
39 ¶ And Mary rising up in those days, went into the hill country with haste into a city of Juda.
40 And she entered into the house of Zachary and saluted Elizabeth.
41 And it came to pass that when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the infant leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost.
42 And she cried out with a loud voice and said: Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
43 And whence is this to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
44 For behold as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
45 And blessed art thou that hast believed, because those things shall be accomplished that were spoken to thee by the Lord.
46 And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord.
47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
48 Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid: for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
49 Because he that is mighty hath done great things to me: and holy is his name.
50 And his mercy is from generation unto generations, to them that fear him.
51 He hath shewed might in his arm: he hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.
52 He hath put down the mighty from their seat and hath exalted the humble.
53 He hath filled the hungry with good things: and the rich he hath sent empty away.
54 He hath received Israel his servant, being mindful of his mercy.
55 As he spoke to our fathers: to Abraham and to his seed for ever.
56 And Mary abode with her about three months. And she returned to her own house.
57 ¶ Now Elizabeth's full time of being delivered was come: and she brought forth a son.
58 And her neighbors and kinsfolks heard that the Lord had shewed his great mercy towards her: and they congratulated with her.
59 And it came to pass that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child: and they called him by his father's name Zachary.
60 And his mother answering, said: Not so. But he shall be called John.
61 And they said to her: There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name.
62 And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called.
63 And demanding a writing table, he wrote, saying: John is his name. And they all wondered.
64 And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed: and he spoke, blessing God.
65 And fear came upon all their neighbours: and all these things were noised abroad over all the hill country of Judea.
66 And all they that had heard them laid them up in their heart, saying: What an one, think ye, shall this child be? For the hand of the Lord was with him.
67 ¶ And Zachary his father was filled with the Holy Ghost. And he prophesied, saying:
68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel: because he hath visited and wrought the redemption of his people.
69 And hath raised up an horn of salvation to us, in the house of David his servant.
70 As he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets, who are from the beginning.
71 Salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all that hate us.
72 To perform mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy testament.
73 The oath, which he swore to Abraham our father, that he would grant to us.
74 That being delivered from the hand of our enemies, we may serve him without fear:
75 In holiness and justice before him, all our days.
76 And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt, go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways:
77 To give knowledge of salvation to his people, unto the remission of their sins.
78 Through the bowels of the mercy of our God, in which the Orient from on high hath visited us:
79 To enlighten them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death: to direct our feet into the way of peace.
80 And the child grew and was strengthened in spirit: and was in the deserts until the day of his manifestation to Israel.

According to St. Joseph:

1 ¶ The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham:
2 Abraham begot Isaac. And Isaac begot Jacob. And Jacob begot Judas and his brethren.
3 And Judas begot Phares and Zara of Thamar. And Phares begot Esron. And Esron begot Aram.
4 And Aram begot Aminadab. And Aminadab begot Naasson. And Naasson begot Salmon.
5 And Salmon begot Booz of Rahab. And Booz begot Obed of Ruth. And Obed begot Jesse.
6 And Jesse begot David the king. And David the king begot Solomon, of her that had been the wife of Urias.
7 And Solomon begot Roboam. And Roboam begot Abia. And Abia begot Asa.
8 And Asa begot Josaphat. And Josaphat begot Joram. And Joram begot Ozias.
9 And Ozias begot Joatham. And Joatham begot Achaz. And Achaz begot Ezechias.
10 And Ezechias begot Manasses. And Manasses begot Amon. And Amon begot Josias.
11 And Josias begot Jechonias and his brethren in the transmigration of Babylon.
12 And after the transmigration of Babylon, Jechonias begot Salathiel. And Salathiel begot Zorobabel.
13 And Zorobabel begot Abiud. And Abiud begot Eliacim. And Eliacim begot Azor.
14 And Azor begot Sadoc. And Sadoc begot Achim. And Achim begot Eliud.
15 And Eliud begot Eleazar. And Eleazar begot Mathan. And Mathan begot Jacob.
16 And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.
17 So all the generations from Abraham to David, are fourteen generations. And from David to the transmigration of Babylon, are fourteen generations: and from the transmigration of Babylon to Christ are fourteen generations.
18 ¶ Now the generation of Christ was in this wise. When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child, of the Holy Ghost.
19 Whereupon Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing publicly to expose her, was minded to put her away privately.
20 But while he thought on these things, behold the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in his sleep, saying: Joseph, son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife, for that which is conceived in her, is of the Holy Ghost.
21 And she shall bring forth a son: and thou shalt call his name Jesus. For he shall save his people from their sins.
22 Now all this was done that it might be fulfilled which the Lord spoke by the prophet, saying:
23 Behold a virgin shall be with child, and bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
24 And Joseph rising up from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him, and took unto him his wife.
25 And he knew her not till she brought forth her first born son: and he called his name Jesus.

According to Mary and Joseph:
1 ¶ And it came to pass that in those days there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled.
2 This enrolling was first made by Cyrinus, the governor of Syria.
3 And all went to be enrolled, every one into his own city.
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem: because he was of the house and family of David.
5 To be enrolled with Mary his espoused wife, who was with child.
6 And it came to pass that when they were there, her days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
7 And she brought forth her first born son and wrapped him up in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger: because there was no room for them in the inn.
8 ¶ And there were in the same country shepherds watching and keeping the night watches over their flock.
9 And behold an angel of the Lord stood by them and the brightness of God shone round about them: and they feared with a great fear.
10 And the angel said to them: Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy that shall be to all the people:
11 For, this day is born to you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God and saying:
14 Glory to God in the highest: and on earth peace to men of good will.
15 And it came to pass, after the angels departed from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another: Let us go over to Bethlehem and let us see this word that is come to pass, which the Lord hath shewed to us.
16 And they came with haste: and they found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger.
17 And seeing, they understood of the word that had been spoken to them concerning this child.
18 And all that heard wondered: and at those things that were told them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these words, pondering them in her heart.
20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
21 ¶ And after eight days were accomplished, that the child should be circumcised, his name was called JESUS, which was called by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
22 And after the days of her purification, according to the law of Moses, were accomplished, they carried him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord:
23 As it is written in the law of the Lord: Every male opening the womb shall be called holy to the Lord:
24 And to offer a sacrifice, according as it is written in the law of the Lord, a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons:
25 ¶ And behold there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon: and this man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel. And the Holy Ghost was in him.
26 And he had received an answer from the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death before he had seen the Christ of the Lord.
27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when his parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law,
28 He also took him into his arms and blessed God and said
29 Now thou dost dismiss thy servant, O Lord, according to thy word in peace:
30 Because my eyes have seen thy salvation,
31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples:
32 A light to the revelation of the Gentiles and the glory of thy people Israel.
33 And his father and mother were wondering at those things which were spoken concerning him.
34 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother: Behold this child is set for the fall and for the resurrection of many in Israel and for a sign which shall be contradicted.
35 And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts thoughts may be revealed.
36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser. She was far advanced in years and had lived with her husband seven years from her virginity.
37 And she was a widow until fourscore and four years: who departed not from the temple, by fastings and prayers serving night and day.
38 Now she, at the same hour, coming in, confessed to the Lord: and spoke of him to all that looked for the redemption of Israel.
39 And after they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their city Nazareth.
40 And the child grew and waxed strong, full of wisdom: and the grace of God was in him.
41 ¶ And his parents went every year to Jerusalem, at the solemn day of the pasch.
42 And when he was twelve years old, they going up into Jerusalem, according to the custom of the feast,
43 And having fulfilled the days, when they returned, the child Jesus remained in Jerusalem. And his parents knew it not.
44 And thinking that he was in the company, they came a day's journey and sought him among their kinsfolks and acquaintance.
45 And not finding him, they returned into Jerusalem, seeking him.
46 And it came to pass, that, after three days, they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, hearing them and asking them questions.
47 And all that heard him were astonished at his wisdom and his answers.
48 And seeing him, they wondered. And his mother said to him: Son, why hast thou done so to us? Behold thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.
49 And he said to them: How is it that you sought me? Did you not know that I must be about my father's business?
50 And they understood not the word that he spoke unto them.
51 And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was subject to them. And his mother kept all these words in her heart.
52 And Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and grace with God and men.

According to Ss. Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, James, Peter, Jude:

The whole New Testament


According to St. Ignatius of Antioch, Polycarp of Smyrna, Irenaeus of Lyons, Clement of Alexandria, Hippolytus of Pontus, Origen of Alexandria, Novatian of Rome, Cyprian of Carthage and Athanasius (Contra Mundum) of Alexandria (scroll down as necessary):

St. Ignatius of Antioch

St. Polycarp of Smyrna

St. Irenaeus of Lyons

St. Clement of Alexandria

St. Hippolytus of Pontus

St. Origen of Alexandria


St. Novatian of Rome

St. Cyprian of Carthage

St. Athanasius (Contra Mundum) of Alexandria


The above covers the entire span of time from the conception of Christ to the First Council of Nicaea.

One infinitely important and one immeasurably important, two truths here. First, that Christ’s engendering in the Father’s Bosom as the Son is Immortal and that includes His Soul with no beginning and no end. Just like scripture says, He took flesh of the virgin. Second the consensus of the Gospel is here shown with all the ancient truths in the writings by the people above and that this is before the great schism. The one in the 4th century and carried over into the fifth, when East was torn from West and North from South. Before the splitting of Nestorian from Alexandrinian and Roman from Egyptian.

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