A Scripture and Song for Christmas

The Birth of Jesus

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus 
that the whole world should be enrolled.
This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria.
So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town.
Joseph, too, went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, 
to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, 
because he was of the house and family of David,
to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.

While they were there, 
the time came for her to have her child,
and she gave birth to her firstborn son.  
She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, 
because there was no room for them in the inn.

Now there were shepherds in that region 
living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock.
The angel of the Lord appeared to them and 
the glory of the Lord shone around them, 
and they were struck with great fear.

The angel said to them, 
“Do not be afraid; for behold, 
I proclaim to you good news of great joy 
that will be for all the people.
For today in the city of David 
a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.
This will be a sign for you: 
you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, 
praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

When the angels went away from them to heaven, 
the shepherds said to one another, 
“Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing 
that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.”
So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger.
When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child.
All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds.
Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.

Then the shepherds returned, 
glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, 
just as it had been told to them.

— Luke 2:1-20

[Scripture texts in this work are taken from the New American Bible, revised edition © 2010, 1991, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C. and are used by permission of the copyright owner. All Rights Reserved. No part of the New American Bible may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the copyright owner.]



About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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One Response to A Scripture and Song for Christmas

  1. A Merry and Blessed Christmas to you, Father Paul, and to all those who visit Hearts on Fire.

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