Luke 2:(1-7), 8-20
62:6 Upon your walls, O Jerusalem, I have posted
sentinels; all day and all night they shall never be silent. You
who remind the LORD, take no rest,
and give him no rest until he establishes Jerusalem and makes it
renowned throughout the earth.
The LORD has sworn by his right hand and by his mighty arm: I will
not again give your grain to be food for your enemies, and
foreigners shall not drink the wine for which you have labored;
but those who garner it shall eat it and praise the LORD, and
those who gather it shall drink it in my holy courts.
Go through, go through the gates, prepare the way for the people;
build up, build up the highway, clear it of stones, lift up an
ensign over the peoples.
The LORD has proclaimed to the end of the earth: Say to daughter
Zion, "See, your salvation comes; his reward is with him, and
his recompense before him."
They shall be called, "The Holy People, The Redeemed of the
LORD"; and you shall be called, "Sought Out, A City Not
3:4 But when the
goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared,
he saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had
done, but according to his mercy, through the water of rebirth and
renewal by the Holy Spirit.
This Spirit he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our
so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs
according to the hope of eternal life.
2:1 In those days a
decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be
This was the first enrollment, when Quirin'i-us was governor of
And all went to be enrolled, each to his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth,
to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because
he was of the house and lineage of David,
to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.
And while they were there, the time came for her to be delivered.
And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in
swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no
place for them in the inn.
And in that region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping
watch over their flock by night.
And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the
Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear.
And the angel said to them, "Be not afraid; for behold, I
bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the
for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is
Christ the Lord.
And this will be a sign for you: you will find a babe wrapped in
swaddling cloths and 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 among men
with whom he is pleased!"
When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds
said to one another, "Let us go over to Bethlehem and see
this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to
And they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe
lying in a manger.
And when they saw it they made known the saying which had been
told them concerning this child;
and all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.
But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart.
And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all
they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.