Nativity Story

peace-on-earthAnd it came to pass in those days, that there went forth a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.  This first taxing was first made when  Cyrenius was governor of Syria.  And all went to be taxed, everyone into his own city.  And Joseph also went from Galilee out of the city of Nazareth into Judea unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; to be taxed with Mary, his espoused wife being great with child.

And so it was that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.  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.candle03

And there were in the same country, shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night.  And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shown round about them and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, “Fear not; for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior which is Christ the Lord.  And this shall be a sign unto you:  Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will toward men.”   Luke 2:1-14