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Daily Readings
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2003
Liturgical Year C
First Reading - 1 Sam 1:20-22, 24-28

20 She conceived, and at the end of her term bore a son whom she called Samuel, since she had asked 2 the LORD for him.

21 The next time her husband Elkanah was going up with the rest of his household to offer the customary sacrifice to the LORD and to fulfill his vows,

22 Hannah did not go, explaining to her husband, "Once the child is weaned, I will take him to appear before the LORD and to remain there forever; I will offer him as a perpetual nazirite."

24 Once he was weaned, she brought him up with her, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine, and presented him at the temple of the LORD in Shiloh.

25 After the boy's father had sacrificed the young bull, Hannah, his mother, approached Eli

26 and said: "Pardon, my lord! As you live my lord, I am the woman who stood near you here, praying to the LORD.

27 I prayed for this child, and the LORD granted my request.

28 Now I, in turn, give him to the LORD; as long as he lives, he shall be dedicated to the LORD." She left him there;

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