Christmas story

I don’t know if anyone else has this as well, but there are some things which are so familiar that they just make you feel happy, I suppose. One of those things for me is the Christmas gospel according to Luke, chapter 2. It has to be the German translation from Martin Luther though which I literally know word for word.

Reading that just now brings back so many memories, it is just unbelievable. Like as a child when we used to hear it at school to going to the evening mass at 11pm on Christmas eve in the Philippus Church to reenacting a play with a group of children I used to look after. I suppose it is just one of those things that is always the same. It never changes. The words are the same, the meaning is the same.

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German version (Martin Luther translation):

“Es begab sich aber zu der Zeit, daß ein Gebot von dem Kaiser Augustus ausging, daß alle Welt geschätzt würde. Und diese Schätzung war die allererste und geschah zur Zeit, da Quirinius Statthalter in Syrien war. Und jedermann ging, daß er sich schätzen ließe, ein jeder in seine Stadt. Da machte sich auf auch Josef aus Galiläa, aus der Stadt Nazareth, in das jüdische Land zur Stadt Davids, die da heißt Bethlehem, weil er aus dem Hause und Geschlechte Davids war, damit er sich schätzen ließe mit Maria, seinem vertrauten Weibe; die war schwanger. Und als sie dort waren, kam die Zeit, daß sie gebären sollte. Und asie gebar ihren ersten Sohn und wickelte ihn in Windeln und legte ihn in eine Krippe; denn sie hatten sonst keinen Raum in der Herberge.

Und es waren Hirten in derselben Gegend auf dem Felde bei den Hürden, die hüteten des Nachts ihre Herde. Und der Engel des Herrn trat zu ihnen, und die Klarheit des Herrn leuchtete um sie; und sie fürchteten sich sehr. Und der Engel sprach zu ihnen: Fürchtet euch nicht! Siehe, ich verkündige euch große Freude, die allem Volk widerfahren wird; denn euch ist heute der Heiland geboren, welcher ist Christus, der Herr, in der Stadt Davids. Und das habt zum Zeichen: ihr werdet finden das Kind in Windeln gewickelt und in einer Krippe liegen. Und alsbald war da bei dem Engel die Menge der himmlischen Heerscharen, die lobten Gott und sprachen: Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe und Friede auf Erden bei den Menschen seines Wohlgefallens.

Und als die Engel von ihnen gen Himmel fuhren, sprachen die Hirten untereinander: Laßt uns nun gehen nach Bethlehem und die Geschichte sehen, die da geschehen ist, die uns der Herr kundgetan hat. Und sie kamen eilend und fanden beide, Maria und Josef, dazu das Kind in der Krippe liegen. Als sie es aber gesehen hatten, breiteten sie das Wort aus, das zu ihnen von diesem Kinde gesagt war. Und alle, vor die es kam, wunderten sich über das, was ihnen die Hirten gesagt hatten. Maria aber behielt alle diese Worte und bewegte sie in ihrem Herzen. Und die Hirten kehrten wieder um, priesen und lobten Gott für alles, was sie gehört und gesehen hatten, wie denn zu ihnen gesagt war.”

English version (Simplified Standard version):

“In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirin’i-us was governor of Syria. And all went to be enrolled, each to his own city. 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, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to be delivered. And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

And in that region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. 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; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling cloths and 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, and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased!” 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.”

And they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they saw it they made known the saying which had been told them concerning this child; and all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.”

And reading this is all I needed to be in a Christmas mood. Christmas is here. :D

Cat

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2 Comments

  1. Ashish C.
    Posted December 23, 2006 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    What si the meaning of this? – all the world should be enrolled. I didn’t quite get it.

    Merry Christmas! :)

  2. Posted December 23, 2006 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    Every one should be accounted for, so to see who lives where and how many people there are. It was all just for tax purposes. ;)


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