Monday, December 24, 2007

Good tidings

Luke 2:1-20:

And it came to pass, that in those days there
went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that the whole world should be
enrolled. This enrolling was first made by Cyrinus, the governor of Syria.
And all went to be enrolled, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went
up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth into Judea, to the city of David,
which is called Bethlehem: because he was of the house and family of
David, To be enrolled with Mary his espoused wife, who was with child.

And it came to pass, that when they were
there, her days were accomplished, that she should be delivered. And she
brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him up in swaddling clothes, and
laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And
there were in the same country shepherds watching, and keeping the night watches
over their flock.

And behold an angel of the Lord stood by them,
and the brightness of God shone round about them; and they feared with a great
fear. And the angel said to them: Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good
tidings of great joy, that shall be to all the people:

For, this day, is born to you a Saviour, who
is Christ the Lord, in the city of David. And this shall be a sign unto you. You
shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of
the heavenly army, praising God, and saying: Glory to God in the highest; and on
earth peace to men of good will. And it came to pass, after the angels
departed from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another: Let us go
over to Bethlehem, and let us see this word that is come to pass, which the Lord
hath shewed to us.

And they came with haste; and they found Mary
and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. And seeing, they
understood of the word that had been spoken to them concerning this child. And
all that heard, wondered; and at those things that were told them by the
shepherds. But Mary kept all these words, pondering them in her
heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God, for all
the things they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.



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