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Friday, June 24, 2005 AD

Nativity of St. John the Baptist

"See, I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before Me."

When all the world was cursed
By Moses' condemnation
Saint John the Baptist came
With words of consolation
With true forerunner's zeal
The greater One he named.
And Him, as yet unknown,
As Saviour he proclaimed.

Before he yet was born,
He leaped in joyful meeting,
Confessing Him as Lord
Whose mother he was greeting.
By Jordan's rolling stream,
A new Elijah bold,
He testified of Him
Of Whom the prophets told:

Behold the Lamb of God
That bears the world's transgression,
Whose sacrifice removes
The enemy's oppression.
Behold the Lamb of God,
The bearer of our sin,
Who for our peace and joy
Will full atonement win.

Thrice blest is everyone
Who heeds the proclamation
Which John the Baptist brought,
Accepting Christ's salvation.
He Who believes the truth
And comes with love unfeigned
Has righteousness and peace
In fullest measure gained.

Our Lord of love, oh, grant
That we receive, rejoicing,
The Word proclaimed by John,
Our true repentance voicing,
That gladly we may walk
Upon the saviour's way
Until we live with Him
In His eternal day.

"Almighty God, through John the Baptist,the forerunner of Christ, You once
proclaimed salvation;now grant that we may know this salvation and serve
You in holiness and righteousness all the says of our life; through Jesus
Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One
God,now and forever."

Courtesy of Pr. Paul Williams, Canadian Lutheran Kung Fu Master.

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