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THE BIRTH AT BETHLEHEM.
THE PREFACE OF ST. LUKE*.
Luke i. 1-4. FORASMUCH as many have ta- me also, having had perfect kep in hand to set forth in understanding of all things order a declaration of those from the very first, to write things which are most surely unto thee in order, most excelbelieved among us,
2 even as
lent Theophilus, 4 that thou they delivered them unto us, mightest know the certainty which from the beginning were of those things wherein thou eye-witnesses, and ministers of hast been instructed. the word; ' it seemed good to
THE ANGEL APPEARING TO ZACHARIAS.
Luke i. 5-25. 5 There was in the days of and his wife was of the daughHerod, the king of Judea, a ters of Aaron, and her name certain priest named Zacha- was Elisabeth.
6 And they rias, of the course of Abia : were both righteous before
* See Vol. Nativity, p. 8.
Luke i. 5–25. God, walking in all the com- shall drink neither wine nor mandments and ordinances of strong drink; and he shall the Lord, blameless.
be filled with the Holy Ghost, they had no child, because even from his mother's womb. that Elisabeth was barren, 16 And many of the children and they both were now well of Israel shall he turn to the stricken in years.
Lord their God. 17 And he 8 And it came to pass, that shall go before him in the while he executed the priest's spirit and power of Elias, to office before God in the order turn the hearts of the fathers of his course,
9 according to to the children, and the disthe custom of the priest's of- obedient to the wisdom of the fice, his lot was to burn in- just; to make ready a people cense when he went into the
prepared for the Lord. temple of the Lord.
18 And Zacharias said unto the whole multitude of the the angel, Whereby shall I people were praying without, know this ? for I am an old at the time of incense.
wife well strick11 And there appeared unto en in years.
19 And the angel him an angel of the Lord, answering, said unto him, I standing on the right side of am Gabriel, that stand in the the altar of incense.
presence of God; and am sent when Zacharias saw him, he to speak unto thee, and to was troubled, and fear fell shew thee these glad tidings.
13 But the angel 20 And behold, thou shalt be said unto him, Fear not, Za- dumb, and not able to speak, charias : for thy prayer is until the day that these things
and thy wife Elisa- shall be performed, because beth shall bear thee a son, thou believest not my words, and thou shalt call his name which shall be fulfilled in John. 14 And thou shalt have
their season. joy and gladness; and many 21 And the people waited shall rejoice at his birth. for Zacharias, and marvelled 15 For he shall be great in that he tarried so long in the the sight of the Lord, and temple. 22 And when he came
Luke i. 5—25. out, he could not speak unto
own house. them: and they perceived that 24 And after those days his he had seen a vision in the wife Elisabeth conceived, and temple : for he beckoned unto hid herself five months, saythem, and remained speech- ing, 25 Thus hath the Lord less. 23 And it came to pass, dealt with me, in the days that, as soon as the days of wherein he looked on me, to his ministration were accom- take away my reproach among plished, he departed to his
THE ANGEL APPEARING UNTO ST. MARY.
Luke i. 26-38. 26 And in the sixth month * 31 And behold, thou shalt conthe angel Gabriel was sent ceive in thy womb, and bring from God unto a city of Ga- forth a son, and shalt call his lilee, named Nazareth, 37 To
32 He shall be a virgin espoused to a man, great, and shall be called the whose name was Joseph, of Son of the Highest: and the the house of David; and the Lord God shall give unto him virgin's name was Mary. 28 And the throne of his father Dathe angel came in unto her,
33 And he shall reign and said, Hail, thou that art over the house of Jacob for highly favoured, the Lord is ever; and of his kingdom with thee: blessed art thou there shall be no end. 34 Then among women. 29 And when said Mary unto the angel, she saw him, she was troubled How shall this be, seeing I at his saying, and cast in her know not a man? 35 And the mind what manner of saluta- angel answered and said unto tion this should be.
her, The Holy Ghost shall 30 And the angel said unto come upon thee, and the her, Fear not, Mary: for thou power of the Highest shall hast found favour with God. overshadow thee: therefore
* See Vol. Nativity, pp. 30, 31.