The Birth of Jesus
2.1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled. 2 This was the first enrollment, when Quirin′i-us was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be enrolled, each to his own city. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to be delivered.
7 And she gave birth to her first-born[a] son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
8 And in that region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock
by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled
with fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; 11 for to you is born this day in the city of David
a Savior, who is Christ the Lord 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased!”[b]ord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”
15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it they made known the saying which had been told them concerning this child; 18 and all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. (RSVCE)
When He came to us as man, the Son of God scattered the darkness of this world, and filled this holy night (day) with His glory. May the God of inifinite goodness scatter the darkness of sin and brighten your hearts with holiness. R. Amen!
God sent His angels to shepherds to herald the great joy of our Saviour’s birth. May He fill you with joy and make you heralds of His gospel. R. Amen!
When the Word became man, earth was joined to heaven. May He give you His peace and good will, and fellowship with all the heavenly host. R. Amen!
May almighty God bless you, the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.