Because from his fulness we all have received (a share) namely grace upon grace; because the law was given through Moses, (but) grace and truth became through Jesus Christ. Nobody has ever seen God: the only son, God, who is in the bosom of the Father, that one has revealed him.
O Lord Jesus Christ, stay beside me to defend me, within me to guide me, before me to lead me, and above me to bless me, that with you and in you, I may live, and move and have my being, for ever and ever. Amen.
And the Word became flesh and he lived among us, and we looked at his glory: glory as an only son of a father, full of grace and truth.
John bears witness to him, and cried out “This is is the one I spoke about: ‘The one coming after me, he became before me because he was very first before me’”
Eternal God and Fatther, you create us by your power, and redeem us by your love, guide and strengthen us by your Spirit, that we may give ourselves in love and service to one another and to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
A man became, having been sent from God, his name was John, -this one came as a witness that is to bear witness to the L ight so that all people might trust through him.
-That one was not the Light, but he (came) to witness about the Light.
He was the true Light, who gives light to everyone, by his coming into the world.
He was in the world, and the world through him became and the world did not recognise him.
To his own he came, yet his own people did not receive him.
But to as many received him, he gave to them the right to become children of God, to those who trust in his name. Those, not from blood, not from the will of flesh not from the will of man but born from God.
O Lord, in whom is our hope, remove far from us, we pray thee, empty hopes and presumptuous confidence. Make our hearts so right with thy most holy and loving heart, that hoping in thee we may do good; until that day when faith and hope shall be abolished by sight and possession, and love shall be all in all.
All things through him became and without him became not one thing which became
In him was life; and the life was the light of humankind; and the light shines in the darkness and yet the darkness did not master it
Keep us, O Lord, while we tarry on this earth, in a serious seeking after thee, and in an affectionate walking with thee, every day of our lives; that when thou comest, we may be found not hiding our talent, nor yet asleep with our lamp unfurnished, but waiting and longing for our Lord, our glorious King, for ever and ever.
So, to the one who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present (you) before his glory faultless with rejoicing to the only God our saviour through Jesus Christ our Lord – be glory majesty power and authority before all the ages and now and for all ages Amen
Eternal Light, shine into our hearts; Eternal Goodness, deliver us from evil; Eternal Power, be our support; Eternal Wisdom, scatter the darkness of our ignorance: That we may seek your face with all our heart and mind and soul and strength. Amen. Alcuin
So you, beloved, remember the sayings having been pronounced by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ that they said to you all: ‘At the last time there will be mockers, going according to their own desires of ungodlinesses. These are the divisive people, – natural – not having the Spirit.
But you, beloved, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith by praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, for the life eternal. And have mercy on those who are disputing save others by snatching them from the fire have mercy on others in fear even hating the clothes stained by the flesh.
God, give me grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, Courage to change the things which should be changed, and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.
Living one day at a time, Enjoying one moment at a time, Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace, Taking, as Jesus did, This sinful world as it is, Not as I would have it, Trusting that You will make all things right, If I surrender to Your will, So that I may be reasonably happy in this life, And supremely happy with You forever in the next.
And so Enoch, the seventh man from Adam prophesied saying: ‘Behold, ‘The Lord came with his ten thousands of holy ones, to make judgement against all and to convict all souls about all their works of ungodliness which they-have-done-in-ungodly-ways and about all the hard things which they have said against him: –godless sinners!1
These are complainers, grumblers going according to their own desires and their mouths speak ‘big words’ ‘amazing faces’ for the sake of gain.
Teach us, good Lord, to serve thee as thou deservest; to give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek for rest; to labour and not to ask for any reward, save that of knowing that we do thy will, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Woe to them! – because they have gone the way of Cain, and have plunged themselves into Balaam’s error for a reward and have been destroyed by the controversy of Korah.
These people at your love feasts are dangerous-reefs feasting with you without reverence; -shepherds who look after themselves -waterless clouds, blown along by the wind – trees, belonging to late autumn, fruitless (twice dead) being uprooted –wild waves of the sea foaming up their own shame – wandering stars for whom the gloom, that is darkness has been kept for ever.
Grant, Lord, that we may hold to you without parting, worship you without wearying, serve you without failing; faithfully seek you, happily find you, and forever possess you, the only God,blessed now and for ever. Amen
Actually these people who ‘have dreams’, defile flesh reject the authority-of-the-Lord and slander the glorious ones.
But Michael, the archangel, when he was arguing with the devil and disputing about the body of Moses, did not dare to pronounce judgement for slander but he said: ‘May the Lord rebuke you.’ But these people – as many things they do not understand they slander – as many things that by instinct they understand like irrational animals by these things they are being destroyed
Thank you, dear Jesus, for all you have given me, for all you have taken away from me, for all you have left me.