December 25, Christmas Day

Gospel of John 1:1-5, 9-14

The Word of God became flesh and dwelt among us, and we saw his glory.

In the beginning was the Word:

the Word was with God

and the Word was God.

He was with God in the beginning.

Through him all things came to be,

not one thing had its being but through him.

All that came to be had life in him

and that life was the light of all people,

a light that shines in the dark,

a light that darkness could not overpower.

The Word was the true light

that enlightens all people;

and he was coming into the world.

He was in the world

that had its being through him,

and the world did not know him.

He came to his own domain

and his own people did not accept him.

But to all who did accept him

he gave power to become children of God,

to all who believe in the name of him

who was born not out of human stock

or urge of the flesh

or will of human beings

but of God himself.

The Word was made flesh,

he lived among us.

And we saw his glory,

the glory that is his as the only Son of the Father,

full of grace and truth.