When King Herod ruled Judah, there lived a virgin who had been loving God in the town of Nazareth in Galilee. Her name was Mary. 

      One day, the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and said to her. 

      "Blessed by the Lord, You will be delighted. You will be pregnant and have a baby. Don't be afraid." 

      Then, Mary was surprised and asked. 

      "I am a virgin. How can I have a baby?" 

      The angel answered. 

      "You will have a baby by the Holy Spirit of God's power. The baby will be the holy God's son. 

      Mary was afraid and feared. However, she cannot turn back from what the angel said. 

      She answered. 

      "I believe that everything will be done as the Lord said."

      After she said, the angel left. 

      Since then, Mary worried herself about it, and went to her relative Elizabeth who lived away from her. The old woman had not been able to be pregnant, but she was pregnant, after an angel had  come to her husband Zecharias and said that she would be pregnant soon. Mary had prayer services with Elizabeth, for three months, to take care of her mind, and then came back home. And she told all the truth to Joseph who was engaged to her. He was very surprised. But Joseph was a man who always did what was right, and he did not want to disgrace Mary publicly. So he made the plan to break the engagement, privately. If any virgin was pregnant, at that time, she would be stoned to death. 


      Then one day, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph and said to him.

      "Joseph, Don't be afraid to take Mary to be your wife. For it is by the Holy Spirit that she has been pregnant. She will have a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will save his people from their sins."

      Joseph repented having doubted Mary's chastity, and married her, as the Lord's angel said. 

      Then, the Emperor of Rome ordered a census to be taken. All people went to register themselves to their hometowns. Joseph went to the town of Bethlehem, the birthplace of King David, because he was a descendent of David. While they were in Bethlehem, the time came for Mary to have her baby. So, she was in very great pain.  


      When they arrived in the town, there was no room for them to stay at in an inn, because many people who had been there stayed at all the rooms in the inn. So, they went to a stable where the inn owner provided, being ready to wait for the baby boy to arrive. 

      At that night, she gave birth to Jesus Baby, wrapped him in cloths and laid him in a manger piled with dry straws. Joseph and Mary saw a healthy baby boy and gave thanks to God. 


      There were some shepherds in that part of the country who were spending the night taking care of their flocks. An angel of the Lord appeared to them. Then, they were terribly afraid. The angel said to them.

      "Don't be afraid. I am here with good news for you. A baby boy was born in a stable of Bethlehem. He is your Savior." 

      After the angel said, a great army of the heaven's angels appeared with the angel, singing praises for God. 

      "Glory to God in the Highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom he is pleased." 

      The shepherds hurried to visit Bethlehem, following the star, in order to see the baby boy. The star stopped over at the stable where the Jesus Baby was born. Seeing him, they celebrated the birth of Jesus Baby, singing praises for God. They came back to their homes and told people about it. 


      Some men from the East who had studied the stars heard that Jesus Baby was born. They left, and on their way they saw the star in the night sky and followed it. Finally, they arrived at Jerusalem  of Judah, to meet King Herod. They asked the king, "Where is the baby born to be the king of the Jews"? When King Herod heard about this, he was upset, and so was everyone else in Jerusalem. It did not take long time until they knew that the Jesus Baby was born in Bethlehem. The king sent the men to Bethlehem, saying, "When you find him, let me know." He asked the men to do so, in order to kill him, because the king did not want another king to be born. 

      They were on their way, ahead of the star. When they saw the baby, they were overjoyed, and bowed down to him. They brought out their three gifts of gold, incense and myrrh and presented them to him. An angel of the lord appeared to them in their dreams and said, "Don't go back to King Herod." Having heard it, they came to their nations, in the opposite direction.

      (Matthew 1:18-25, 2:1-12, Luke 1:26-56, 2:1-21)