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A Message from Bishop Kym Lucas:

In those days, a decree was issued by Caesar Augustus that a census should be taken throughout the entire Roman world. This was the first such census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria, and everyone went to their own town to be registered. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea to the city of David called Bethlehem because he was descendant of the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was expecting a child. And while they were there, the time came for the baby to be born. And she gave birth to her firstborn son, and she wrapped him in bands of cloth and placed him in a manger, because there was no room available for them. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.

And suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shown all around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid for I bring you good news of great joy for all people. For this day, in the city of David, there has been born to you a savior who is the Christ, the Lord, and this will be the sign for you. You will find an infant wrapped in bands of cloth, lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel, a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven. And on earth, peace to all those on whom God’s favor rests.” After the angels had departed from them to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Come let us go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” And so they set off and they found Mary and Joseph and a baby lying in a manger.