The Magi

Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew 2:1-12

After Jesus’ 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.’”

Then Herod summoned the Magi in secret, carefully ascertained from them the time when the star had appeared to them, and sent them to Bethlehem. “Go,” he said, “and make an exact inquiry concerning the Child; and when you have found Him, come back and give me an account, so that I too may go and worship Him.”

The king having spoken, they went their way. And behold, the star that they had seen in the East went before them, until it came and stood over the place where the Child was. When they saw the star again, they were overcome with great joy.

And entering the house, they found the Child there with Mary His Mother, and falling to their knees, they worshipped Him. Then opening their treasures, they offered Him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they went back to their own country by another way.