Editorial: The Christmas Story
Posted on Dec 18, 2013 - 01:24 PM Printer Friendly View
Here beginneth the 14th verse of the 7th chapter
of the Book of the Prophet Isaiah:
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign;
Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and
shall call his name Emmanuel.
Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know
to refuse the evil, and choose the good.
Here beginneth the 6th verse of the 9th chapter
of the Book of the Prophet Isaiah:
For unto you 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 forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
Here beginneth the 2nd verse of the 5th chapter
of the Book of the Prophet Micah:
But thou, Beth-lehem Ephratah, though thou be
little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee
shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in
Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old,
Here beginneth the 18th verse of the 1st chapter
of the Gospel according to St. Matthew.
Now, the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise:
When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph,
before they came together, she was found with child of
the Holy Ghost.
Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not
willing to make her a publick example, was minded to
put her away privily.
But while he thought on these things, behold the
angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying,
Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto
thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her
is of the Holy Ghost.
And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call
his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from
Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled
which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall
bring forth a son, and they shall call his name
Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the
angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him
And knew her not till she had brought forth
her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.
Here beginneth the 2nd chapter of the Gospel
according to St. Luke.
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 Judea, 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 should 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
And there were in the same country shepherds
abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by
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 Saviour, 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
And suddenly there was with the angel a multi -
tude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace,
good will toward men.