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His visit to Mary.

CHAPTER I. Elisabeth prophesieth. nistration were accomplished, 34 Then said Mary unto the he departed to his own house. angel, How shall this be, see

24 And after those days his ing I know not a man?
wife Elisabeth conceived, and 35 And the angel answered
hid herself five months, say- and said unto her, The Holy

Ghost shall come upon thee, 25 Thus hath the Lord dealt and the power of the Highest with me in the days wherein shall overshadow thee: therehe looked on me, to take away fore also that holy thing which my reproach among men. shall be born of thee shall be

26 And in the sixth month called the Son of God.
the angel Gabriel was sent 36 And, behold, thy cousin
from God unto a city of Gali- Elisabeth, she hath also con-
lee, named Nazareth,

ceived a son in her old age;
27 To a virgin espoused to a and this is the sixth month
man whose name was Joseph, with her, who was called bar- .
of the house of David; and ren.
the virgin's name was Mary. 37 For with God nothing

28 And the angel came in shall be impossible.
unto her, and said, Hail, thou 38 And Mary said, Behold
that art highly favoured, the the handmaid of the Lord; be
Lord is with thee: blessed art it unto me according to thy
thou among women.

word. And the angel depart-
29 And when she saw him, ed from her.
she was troubled at his say. 39 And Mary arose in those
ing, and cast in her mind days, and went into the hill
what manner of salutation country with haste, into a city
this should be.

of Judah; 30 And the angel said unto 40 And entered into the house her, Fear not, Mary: for thou of Zacharias, and saluted Elihast found favour with God. sabeth.

31 And, behold, thou shalt 41 And it came to pass, that, conceive in thy womb, and when Elisabeth heard the salubring forth a son, and shalt tation of Mary, the babe leaped call his name JESUS.

in her womb; and Elisabeth 32 He shall be great, and was filled with the Holy Ghost: shall be called the Son of the 42 And she spake out with Highest; and the Lord God a loud voice, and said, Blessshall give unto him the throne ed art thou among women, of his father David:

and blessed is the fruit of 33 And he shall reign over thy womb. the house of Jacob for ever;

43 And whence is this to and of his kingdom there shall me, that the mother of my be no end.

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Mary's thanksgiving. ST. LUKE

The birth of John. 44 For, lo, as soon as the came that she should be devoice of thy salutation sound livered; and she brought forth ed in mine ears, the babe leap- a son. ed in my womb for joy.

58 And her neighbours and 45 And blessed is she that her cousins heard how the believed: for there shall be a Lord had shewed great mercy performance of those things upon her; and they rejoiced which were told her from the with her. Lord.

59 And it came to pass, that 46 And Mary said, My soul on the eighth day they came doth magnify the Lord, to circumcise the child; and

47 And my spirit hath re- they called him Zacharias, afjoiced in God my Saviour. ter the name of his father.

48 For he hath regarded the 60 And his mother answered low estate of his handmaiden: and said, Not so; but he shall for, behold, from henceforth be called John. all generations shall call me 61 And they said unto her, blessed.

There is none of thy kindred 49 For he that is mighty hath that is called by this name. done to me great things; and 62 And they made signs to holy is his name.

his father, how he would have 50 And his mercy is on them him called. that fear him from generation 63 And he asked for a writto generation.

ing table, and wrote, saying, 51 He hath shewed strength His name is John. And they with his arm; he hath scat- marvelled all. tered the proud in the imagi

64 And his mouth was open. nation of their hearts.

ed immediately, and his tongue 52 He hath put down the loosed, and he spake, and praismighty from their seats, and ed God. exalted them of low degree. 65 And fear came on all that

53 He hath filled the hungry dwelt round about them: and with good things; and the rich all these sayings were noised he hath sent empty away.

abroad throughout all the hill 54 He hath holpen his serv- country of Judea. ant Israel, in remembrance of 66 And all they that heard

them laid them up in their 55 As he spake to our fathers, hearts, saying, What manner to Abraham, and to his seed of child shall this be! And

the hand of the Lord was with 56 And Mary abode with her him. about three months, and re- 67 And his father Zacharias turned to her own house. was filled with the Holy Ghost, 57 Now Elisabeth's full time I and prophesied, saying,

his mercy;

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Prophecy of Zacharias. CHAPTER II. The birth of Christ.

68 Blessed be the Lord God was in the deserts till the
of Israel; for he hath visited day of his shewing unto Is-
and redeemed his people, rael.
69 And hath raised up a

horn of salvation for us in
the house of his servant Da-

1 Augustus taxeth all the Roman empire. 6

The nativity of Christ. 8 An angel relateth his birth to the shepherds ; 13 a heavenly

host praise God for it. 21 Christ is circum70 As he spake by the mouth

cised. 22 Mary purified. 28 Simeon and Anof his holy prophets, which na prophesy of Christ. 40 He increaseth in

wisdom, 46 questioneth in the temple with the have been since the world

doctors, 51 and is subject to his parents. began:

71 That we should be saved those days, that there from our enemies, and from went out a decree from Cesar the hand of all that hate us;

Augustus, that all the world 72 To perform the mercy pro- should be taxed. mised to our fathers, and to 2 And this taxing was first remember his holy covenant; made when Cyrenius was gov

73 The oath which he sware ernor of Syria. to our father Abraham,

3 And all went to be taxed, 74 That he would grant un. every one into his own city. to us, that we, being delivered 4 And Joseph also went up out of the hand of our enemies, from Galilee, out of the city of might serve him without fear, Nazareth, into Judea, unto the

75 In holiness and righteous city of David, which is called ness before him, all the days Bethlehem, (because he was of of our life.

the house and lineage of Da76 And thou, child, shalt be vid,) called the prophet of the High- 5 To be taxed with Mary his est: for thou shalt go before espoused wife, being great with the face of the Lord to pre- child. pare his ways;

6 And so it was, that, while 77 To give knowledge of sal- they were there, the days were vation unto his people by the accomplished that she should remission of their sins,

be delivered. 78 Through the tender mercy 7 And she brought forth her of our God; whereby the day- firstborn son, and wrapped him spring from on high hath visit- in swaddling clothes, and laid

him in a manger; because 79 To give light to them that there was no room for them sit in darkness and in the sha- | in the inn. dow of death, to guide our feet

8 And there were in the same into the



country shepherds abiding in 80 And the child grew, and the field, keeping watch over waxed strong in spirit, and their flock by night.

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Angels praise Göd: ST. LUKE

Simeon's prophecy 9 And, lo, the angel of the 19 But Mary kept all these Lord came upon them, and things, and pondered them in the glory of the Lord shone her heart. round about them; and they 20 And the shepherds return. were sore afraid.

ed, glorifying and praising God 10 And the angel said unto for all the things that they them, Fear not: for, behold, I had heard and seen, as it was bring you good tidings of great told unto them. joy, which shall be to all


21 And when eight days ple.

were accomplished for the cir11 For unto you is born this cumcising of the child, his day in the city of David a name was called JESUS, Saviour, which is Christ the which was so named of the Lord.

angel before he was conceived

in unto you; Ye shall find the 22 And when the days of her babe wrapped in swaddling purification according to the clothes, lying in a manger. law of Moses

13 And suddenly there was plished, they brought him to with the angel a multitude of Jerusalem, to present him to the heavenly host praising the Lord; God, and saying,

23 (As it is written in the 14 Glory to God in the high- law of the Lord, Every male est, and on earth peace, good that openeth the womb shall will toward men.

be called holy to the Lord;) 15 And it came to pass, as 24 And to offer a sacrifice the angels were gone away according to that which is from them into heaven, the said in the law of the Lord, shepherds said one to another, A pair of turtledoves, or two Let us now go even unto Beth- young pigeons. lehem, and see this thing which 25 And, behold

, there was a is come to pass, which the Lord man in Jerusalem, whose name hath inade known unto us. was Simeon; and the same man

16 And they came with haste, was just and devout, waiting and found Mary and Joseph, for the consolation of Israel: and the babe lying in a manger. and the Holy Ghost was upon

17 And when they had seen him. it, they made known abroad 26 And it was revealed unto the saying which was told him by the Holy Ghost, that them concerning this child. he should not see death, before

18 And all they that heard he had seen the Lord's Christ. it wondered at those things 27 And he came by the Spirit which were told them by the into the temple: and when shepherds.

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respecting Christ.

CHAPTER II. Christ in the temple. child Jesus, to do for him af. him to all them that looked ter the custom of the law, for redemption in Jerusalem.

39 his arms, and blessed God, and formed all things according to said,

the law of the Lord, they re29 Lord, now lettest thou thy turned into Galilee, to their servant depart in peace, ac

own city Nazareth. cording to thy word:

40 And the child grew, and 30 For mine eyes have seen waxed strong in spirit, filled thy salvation,

with wisdom; and the grace of
31 Which thou hast prepared God was upon him.
before the face of all people; 41 Now his parents went to

32 A light to lighten the Jerusalem every year at the
Gentiles, and the glory of thy feast of the passover.
people Israel.

42 And when he was twelve 33 And Joseph and his mo- years old, they went up to Je. ther marvelled at those things rusalem after the custom of which were spoken of him. the feast.

34 And Simeon blessed them, 43 And when they had fuland said unto Mary his mo- filled the days, as they return. ther, Behold, this child is set ed, the child Jesus tarried befor the fall and rising again of hind in Jerusalem; and Joseph many in Israel ; and for a and his mother knew not of it. sign which shall be spoken 44 But they, supposing him against;

to have been in the company, 35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce went a day's journey ; and through thy own soul also ;) they sought him among their that the thoughts of many kinsfolk and acquaintance. hearts may be revealed.

45 And when they found him 36 And there was one Anna, not, they turned back again to a prophetess, the daughter of Jerusalem, seeking him. Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: 46 And it came to pass, that she was of a great age, and had after three days they found lived with a husband seven him in the temple, sitting in years from her virginity; the midst of the doctors, both

37 And she was a widow of hearing them, and asking them
about fourscore and four years, questions.
which departed not from the 47 And all that heard him
temple, but served God with were astonished at his under-
fastings and prayers night and standing and answers.

48 And when they saw him, 38 And she coming in that they were amazed: and his instant gave thanks likewise mother said unto him, Son, unto the Lord, and spake of why hast thou thus dealt with

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