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After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it had stopped over the place the child was.  When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.  On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.  Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.  And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

Matthew 2:9-12

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After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born King of the Jews?  We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”

When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.  When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born.  “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: ‘But you Bethlehem, in the land of Judea, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.”

Matthew 2:1-6

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Simeon’s Story

Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. 

 He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 

It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 

Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. 

When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the law required,

Simeon took him in his arms and praised God saying,

“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. 

For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people,

a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.” 

The child’s mother and father marvelled at what was said about him.  Then Simeon blessed them…

Luke 2:25-34

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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 things 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.

Luke 2:8-20

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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 their own town to register. 

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea,

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.

Luke 2:1-7

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This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: 

His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph,

but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. 

Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace,

he had in mind to divorce her quietly.  But after he had considered this,

an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,

“Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as you wife,

because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 

She will give birth to a son and you are to give him the name Jesus,

because he will save his people from their sins.”

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:

“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son

and they will call him Immanuel”–

which means “God with us.”

Matthew 1:18-23

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“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered.

“May it be to me as you have said.” 

Then the angel left her.

Luke 1:38

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