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

and truth.

   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

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Christopher Hitchens

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