December, 24, 2011, Gospel

The Holy Gospel According to Luke  1: 67-69

1:67 And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit. And he prophesied, saying:
1:68 “Blessed is the Lord God of Israel. For he has visited and has wrought the redemption of his people.
1:69 And he has raised up a horn of salvation for us, in the house of David his servant,
1:70 just as he spoke by the mouth of his holy Prophets, who are from ages past:
1:71 salvation from our enemies, and from the hand of all those who hate us,
1:72 to accomplish mercy with our fathers, and to call to mind his holy testament,
1:73 the oath, which he swore to Abraham, our father, that he would grant to us,
1:74 so that, having been freed from the hand of our enemies, we may serve him without fear,
1:75 in holiness and in justice before him, throughout all our days.
1:76 And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High. For you will go before the face of the Lord: to prepare his ways,
1:77 to give knowledge of salvation to his people for the remission of their sins,
1:78 through the heart of the mercy of our God, by which, descending from on high, he has visited us,
1:79 to illuminate those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to direct our feet in the way of peace.”