12.22.2009

The birth of Jesus

The Gospel according to
St. Luke, Chapter 2:

1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyre'ni-us was governor of Syria.)

3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, (because he was of the house and lineage of David,)

5 to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

7 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.

8 ¶ And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them; and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace,
good will toward men.

15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

16 And they came with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.


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To all my faithful readers of every faith and creed, I share the joy in my own heart at Christmastime and wish for all of us a good New Year.

BJ

6 comments:

Bill Sumrall said...

Amen.

Leslie Parsley said...

I send warm wishes for the holiday season. I'm glad you're posting.

Frodo, irreverent still, said...

Frodo notes that when the life we celebrate began, it involved a response to the tax man. When it ended, it was in the presence of one who had been a prostitute. The two oldest professions, at the beginning, and at the end. Frodo's never been sure of the significance, but it is noteworthy that there is no reference to the presence of a barrister. Perhaps this, too, is a lesson for the Ages.

Tiny said...

Tiny sends heartfelt wishes for everyone to have a very Merry Christmas. Her deepest heartfelt wish is that the spirit and peace of the Christ child be born in the manger of people's hearts and minds world wide and that we bring in a Joyous New Year of living in peace and harmony with our fellow human beings in 2010.

Sue said...

I send you all my wishes for a Merry Christmas!! It's been a pleasure BJ, hope your New Year is the best ever!!

Juhani said...

This article shakes the tradition about the birth of Jesus:

http://koti.phnet.fi/petripaavola/starofBethlehem.html