The Birth of
Jesus - December 25
The Birth of Jesus -
In those days Caesar Augustus issued
a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. This was the
first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And
everyone went to his own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of
Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he
belonged to the house and line of David.
He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and
was expecting a Child.
While they were there, the time came for
the Baby to be born and she gave birth to her firstborn, a Son. She wrapped
Him in cloths and placed Him in a manger, because there was no room for them
in the inn. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping
watch over their flocks at night.
An Angel of the Lord appeared to them,
and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the
Angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that
will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born
to you; he is Christ the Lord.
This will be a sign to you: You will
find a Baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." Suddenly a great company
of the Heavenly Host appeared with the Angel, praising God and saying, "Glory
to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests."
When the Angels had left them and gone into Heaven, the shepherds said to one
another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which
the Lord has told us about." So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph,
and the Baby, Who was lying in the manger. When they had seen Him, they spread
the word concerning what had been told them about this Child, And all who
heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up
all these things and pondered them in her heart.
The shepherds returned, glorifying and
praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as
they had been told.
Prayer of Joy at the Birth of
Let the just rejoice, for their Justifict is born.
Let the sick and infirm rejoice, for their Savior is born.
Let the captives rejoice, for their Redeemer is born.
Let slaves rejoice, for their Master is born.
Let free people rejoice, for their Liberator is born.
Let all Christians rejoice, for Jesus Christ is born.
Saint Augustine of Hippo
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