The Mystery of Christmas

Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew 2:1-12 AFTERJesus’ birth in Bethlehem of Judea, during the reign of Herod, some Magi came from the East and entered Jerusalem. “Where is this King of the Jews who has just been born?” they asked. “We have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” At this question King Herod was troubled, and all the city of Jerusalem with him. He had all the Chief Priests and Scribes of the people assemble, and he pressed them to tell him where the Christ was to be born. They answered, “In Bethlehem of Judea. Indeed, behold what the Prophet has written: ‘And you, Bethlehem, of the land of Juda, are by no means the least among the principal towns of Juda; for out of you shall come forth the Leader who is to rule My people Israel.’”