Goffine’s Devout Instructions – First Sunday After the Circumcision

detail of a stained glass window depicting the Flight into Egypt, date and artist unknown; choir chapel, cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris, Paris, France; photographed on 19 December 2008 by Vassil; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsGospel – Matthew 2:19-23

At that time: When Herod was dead, behold an angel of the Lord appeared in sleep to Joseph in Egypt. Saying: Arise, and take the child and His Mother, and go into the land of Israel, for they are dead that sought the life of the child. Who arose, and took the child and His Mother, and came into the land of Israel. But hearing that Archelaus reigned in Judea in the room of Herod his father, he was afraid to go thither: and being warned in sleep, retired into the quarters of Galilee. And coming he dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was said by the prophets: That He shall be called a Nazarite.


O my Saviour and Redeemer, Jesus of Nazareth, Who didst subject Thyself to travel as a fugitive upon earth, with no rest- ing-place in which to remain in safety, yet hast now Your throne at the right hand of Your Father in the majesty of God, teach me to consider this world a foreign land, and my life that of a pilgrim, that in You and Your Father I may find my home. Strengthen me by Your grace to prepare myself worthily for the land of eternal happiness, and receive me, when I leave this world, into Your glory, where Thou livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, for all eternity. Amen.

– Goffine’s Devout Instructions