The Mystery of Christmas

Holy Gospel according to Saint Luke 2:1-21 INthose days, a decree was issued by Caesar Augustus commanding a universal census of the nations. This first census was conducted by Cyrinus, the governor of Syria; and all were going to register, each in his own birthplace. Joseph, who was of the house and family of David, therefore went from Galilee out of the town of Nazareth into the land of Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, to register there, together with Mary his espoused wife, who was about to give birth. And while they were there, the time came for Mary to be delivered, and She gave birth to Her firstborn Son. She wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. There were shepherds in the same district living in the fields and keeping watch over their flocks by night. And behold, an