A scripture reading that works well for Christmas or Easter.
Scriptures: Luke 2:6-14; 23:43; Mark 15:12-32; John 19:30
Reader 1: So it was that while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
Reader 2: And Pilate answered them, What shall I do with this man you call King of the Jews? And they cried out, Crucify Him!
Reader 1: And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.
Reader 2: And they clothed Him in purple and fashioned a crown of thorns about His head.
Reader 1: And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the fields, keeping watch over their flocks by night.
Reader 2: And they smote Him on the head with a reed and did spit upon Him, and bowing knees, worshiped Him.
Reader 1: And the angel said unto them, fear not, for I bring you good tidings of great joy that will be to all people.
Reader 2: And Jesus said unto him, truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.
Reader 1: For unto you is born in the city of David a Savior which is Christ the Lord.
Reader 2: Likewise, the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, let this Christ King descend from the cross that we may see and believe. When Jesus, therefore, had received the vinegar, He said, It is finished. He bowed His head and He died.
Reader 1: And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace . . .