“On the eighth day, when the time for the child’s circumcision had arrived, he was given the name Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he had been conceived in the womb.” (Luke 2:21)
“While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, 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.” (Luke 2:6-7)
The Third Joyful Mystery of the Rosary is the Nativity. It's a meditation on the birth of Christ in Bethlehem, following the angel's appearance to the shepherds.
The details of how Christ came to be born in Bethlehem are found in St Luke’s gospel. St Matthew’s gospel also describes the birth, but only in headlines, choosing to focus more on the visit of the Wise Men to the Christ child. While much of the Christmas story may be familiar to us from … Continue reading The Nativity (Luke 2:1-20)
25th December “The Son of Man has come to seek out and to save what was lost.” (Luke 19:10) The birth of Jesus on Christmas Day brought many of the Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah to fulfilment. As the carol has it, the hopes and fears of all the years were met in Bethlehem … Continue reading Jesus Christ, Son of Man
24th December “Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David.” (Luke 1:31-32) As we reach Christmas Eve, we now turn to … Continue reading The Virgin Mary, the mother of the Messiah
23rd December “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to receive Mary into your home as your wife. For this child has been conceived in her womb through the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you shall name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew … Continue reading St Joseph, guardian of the Holy Family
20th December “But from you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, among the tiniest of the clans of Judah, from you will come forth for me one who is to be a ruler in Israel, one whose origins are from the distant past, from ancient times.” (Micah 5:1) Micah was one of the Twelve Minor Prophets and possibly … Continue reading The Prophet Micah speaks of the Messiah’s birth