Vol: 45, No.37 NATIVITY OF JOHN THE BAPTIST ( B) June 24 2018  
tribes of Jacob and to restore the preserved of Israel; I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (138)
Response: I thank you for the wonder of my being.
O Lord, you search me and you know me, You know my resting and my rising, You discern my purpose from afar. You mark when I walk or lie down, All my ways lie open to you. R./
For it was you who created my being, Knit me together in my mother’s womb. I thank you for the wonder of my being, for the wonders of all your creation. R./
Already you knew my soul, My body held no secret from you When I was being fashioned in secret and moulded in the depths of the earth. R./
(John the Baptist receives ample mention in the missionary speech made by Paul given in the synagogue of Antioch).
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles (13:22-26)
Paul said: And when God had removed Saul, he raised up David to be their king; of whom he testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.’ Of this man’s posterity God has brought to Israel a Saviour, Jesus, as he promised. Before his coming John had preached a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. And as John was finishing his course, he said, ‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. No, but after me one is coming, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.’ “Brethren, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you that fear God, to us has been sent the message of this salvation.
The Word of the Lord
Alleluia, alleluia! As for you, little child, you shall be called a prophet of God, the Most High. You shall go ahead of the Lord to prepare his ways before him. Alleluia!
(The birth of John the Baptist is told in great detail. Neighbours and relatives rejoice at his birth and his father Zechariah’s speech is returned at his birth).
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to St Luke (Lk 1:57-66, 80)
Now the time came for Elizabeth to be delivered, and she gave birth to a son. And her neighbours and kinsfolk heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. And on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they would have named him Zechariah after his father, but his mother said, “Not so; he shall be called John.” And they said to her, “None of your kindred is called by this name.” And they made signs to his father, inquiring what he would have him called. And he asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, “His name is John.” And they all marvelled. And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, blessing God. And fear came on all their neighbors. And all these things were talked about through all the hill country of Judea; and all who heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, “What then will this child be?” For the hand of the Lord was with him. And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness till the day of his manifestation to Israel.
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