Now it happened that at this time Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be made of the whole inhabited world.

Nativity - Baldovinetti, Alessio - 1460
Nativity - Baldovinetti, Alessio - 1460
This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town. And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 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.

Angels Announcing the Birth of Christ to the Shepherds - Flinck, Govert Teunisz. 1639
Angels Announcing the Birth of Christ to the Shepherds - Flinck, Govert Teunisz. 1639
 Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear. The angel said to them, Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.

Nativity - SAMOSTRZELNIK, Stanislaw - 1527-28
Nativity - SAMOSTRZELNIK, Stanislaw - 1527-28
And all at once with the angel there was a great throng of the hosts of heaven, praising God with the words: Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace for those he favours.

Adoration of the Shepherds - MURILLO, Bartolomé Esteban, 1655
Adoration of the Shepherds - MURILLO, Bartolomé Esteban, 1655
 When the angels went away from them to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us. So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child. All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds. And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them.
Luke 2:1-20
The “Zoxell” family wishes all believers and non-believers alike, a blessed Christmas; and we pray that the Grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, touches your lives in the same manner it has ours.
Merry Christmas!

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