Visitations Readings for the 14th of January


“A Daily Visitation or not” When we see the wonderment in a child’s eyes or the love in the look of a beloved animal companion, or the flowering of a plant, the embrace of a loved one, the smile from a stranger, Bread and Wine in a shared Supper, water in Baptism, we have a visitation. Let us pray that today we may have eyes to see and ears to hear.

Today January 14th in the Roman Kalendar is the Feast Day of St Hilary and in local observance Blessed Jutta of Thurignia, and St Canute of Denmark. In the Armenian Kalendar it is the Feast of the Nativity of St John the Baptist. In the Church of England it is also the Feast of St Hilary and if transferred it is the Lesser Feasts of Blessed George Fox and Blessed Kentigern the Bishop. In the Coptic Church it is the Feast of the Circumcision of Jesus, the Ascension of Elijah the Prophet and the Falling Asleep in the Lord of Sts Marcianus and Basil. In the Mar Thoma Church of India it is the Feast of the Martyrs of Mt Sinai. In the Russian/OCA Churches it is the Leavetaking of the Theophany. The Holy Fathers slain at Sinai and Raithu: Isaiah, Sabbas, Moses and his disciple Moses, Jeremiah, Paul, Adam, Sergius, Domnus, Proclus, Hypatius, Isaac, Macarius, Mark, Benjamin, Eusebius, Elias, and others (4th-5th c.). St. Nina (Nino), Equal-to-the-Apostles and Enlightener of the Georgians (355). St. Joseph Analytinus of Raithu (4th c.). Ven. Theodulus, son of Ven. Nilus of Sinai (5th c.). Ven. Stephen, Abbot of Chenolaklos Monastery near Chalcedon (8th c.). May these and all our Holy Companions pray with us and for us through Jesus Christ Our Lord Amen+

A General Collect from the C of E

Almighty Father,
you have built up your Church
through the love and devotion of your saints:
inspire us to follow the example of all those
whom we commemorate today,
that we in our generation may rejoice with them
in the vision of your glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Apostolic Reading is taken from the Roman Lectionary.

Heb 1:1-6

Brothers and sisters:
In times past, God spoke in partial and various ways
to our ancestors through the prophets;
in these last days, he spoke to us through the Son,
whom he made heir of all things
and through whom he created the universe,

who is the refulgence of his glory,
the very imprint of his being,
and who sustains all things by his mighty word.
When he had accomplished purification from sins,
he took his seat at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
as far superior to the angels
as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

For to which of the angels did God ever say:

You are my Son; this day I have begotten you?

Or again:

I will be a father to him, and he shall be a Son to me?

And again, when he leads the first born into the world, he says:

Let all the angels of God worship him.


The Gospel Reading is taken from the Russian/OCA Lectionary.

Luke 19:37-44

37Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen,38saying: “ ‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”39And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.”40But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”41Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it,42saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.43For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side,44and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.

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