The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light:
they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon
them hath the light shined.
Thou hast multiplied the nation and not increased the joy: they
joy before thee according to the joy in harvest, and as men rejoice
when they divide the spoil.
For thou hast broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his
shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the
government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be
called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting
Father, The Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no
end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it,
and to establish it with judgment and with justice, from henceforth
even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
Isaiah 9: 2-4, 6-7
In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with
God. All things were made by him; and without him was not
any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the
light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness
comprehended it not.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The
same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men
through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to
bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth
every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the
world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto
his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him,
to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them
that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of
the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the
Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his
glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace
John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom
I spake. He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was
before me. And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for
grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by
Jesus Christ. No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten
Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
St. John 1: 1-18
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a
decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be
taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was
governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of
Nazareth into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called
Bethlehem, (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
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 would be delivered. And she brought forth
her first-born son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid
him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
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 shone
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.
And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into
heaven the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto
Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the
Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and
Found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when
They had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was
told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered
at those thing which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary
kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the
shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things
that they had heard and seen, St. Luke 2: 1-20
When the kindness and generosity of God our Savior
dawned upon The world then — not for any good deeds
of our own, but because he was merciful — he saved us
through the water of rebirth and the renewing power of the Holy
Spirit. For he sent down the Spirit upon us plentifully through Jesus
Christ our Saviour, so that, justified By his grace, we might in hope
become heirs to eternal life.
Titus 3: 4-7