Sunday, January 06, 2008

The Epiphany of the Lord

Matthew 2:1-12:

When Jesus therefore was born in Bethlehem of Judah, in the
days of king Herod, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem.
Saying, Where is he that is born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in
the east, and are come to adore him. And king Herod hearing this, was troubled,
and all Jerusalem with him. And assembling together all the chief priests and
the scribes of the people, he inquired of them where Christ should be born. But
they said to him: In Bethlehem of Judah. For so it is written by the prophet:

And thou Bethlehem the land of Juda art not
the least among the princes of Judah: for out of thee shall come forth the
captain that shall rule my people Israel. Then Herod, privately calling the wise
men, learned diligently of them the time of the star which appeared to them; And
sending them into Bethlehem, said: Go and diligently inquire after the child,
and when you have found him, bring me word again, that I also may come to adore
him. Who having heard the king, went their way; and behold the star which they
had seen in the east, went before them, until it came and stood over where the
child was. And seeing the star they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

And entering into the house, they found the child with Mary
his mother, and falling down they adored him; and opening their treasures, they
offered him gifts; gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having received an answer
in sleep that they should not return to Herod, they went back another way into
their country.

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