Col 1:12-20 Wednesday Evenings
Give thanks with joy to the Father, * who has made you fit
to have your share * in the holy community of light.
He rescued us from the power of darkness, * and brought us into the kingdom of his beloved Son
who redeemed us, * forgiving our sins.
Christ is the visible likeness * of the invisible God, * the firstborn of all creation.
Through him all things were made, * in heaven and on earth, * visible and invisible,
including spiritual powers * lords, rulers and authorities.
All things were created * through him and for him.
Before anything came to be, he was, * and the universe is held together by him.
He is the head of his body, the Church, * its beginning,
the firstborn from the dead * with primacy in all things.
He has in himself, by God's good pleasure * the full measure of power,
and through him God reconciles * all things to himself,
making peace by the blood of his cross * to encompass everything on earth and in heaven.