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Gospel of the Feast Matthew 2: 1-12, (Visit of the Magi)

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, Magi came from the East to Jerusalem saying, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews?  For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”  But when King Herod heard this, he was troubled, and so was all Jerusalem with him.  And gathering together all the chief priests and Scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.  And they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for thus it is written by the prophet, ‘And you, Bethlehem, of the land of Judah are by no means least among the princes of Judah; for from you shall come forth a leader who shall shepherd my people Israel.”  Then Herod summoned the Magi secretly, and carefully ascertained from them the time when the star had appeared to them.  And sending them to Bethlehem he said, “Go and make careful inquiry concerning the Child, and when you have found Him, bring me word, that I too may go and worship Him.”  Now they, having heard the king, went their way.  And behold, the star they had seen in the East went before them, until it came and stood over the place where the Child was.  And when they saw the star they rejoiced exceedingly.  And entering the house, they found the Child with Mary His mother, and falling down they worshipped Him.  And opening their treasures, they offered Him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.  And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they went back to their own country by another way.

 

الانجيل (متى 2: 1-12)

لما وُلِدَ يسوعُ في بيتَ لحمِ اليهودية، في أَيامِ هيرودسَ الملك، اذا مجوسٌ قد أقبلوا من المشارقِ الى اورشليم قائلين: أَين المولودُ ملكُ اليهود؟ فإِنَّا رأينا نجمهُ في المشرق، فوافينا لنسجدَ له؟ فلما سمعَ هيرودسُ الملكُ اضطرب، هو وكلُّ اورشليمَ معه. وجمعَ كلَّ رؤساءِ الكهنةِ وكتبةِ الشعبِ واستخبرهم أَين يولدُ المسيح: فقالوا له في بيتَ لحمِ اليهودية، فانه هكذا كُتِبَ بالنبيّ: وأَنتِ يا بيتَ لحمُ أَرضَ يهوذا، لستِ الصغرى في مُدُنِ يهوذا الرئيسيَّة، لأَنه منكِ يخرجُ المدبرُ الذي يرعى شعبي إِسرائيل. حينئذٍ دعا هيرودسُ المجوس سِراً، وتحقق منهم زمانَ النجم الذي ظهر. ثم أَرسلهم الى بيتَ لحمَ وقال: اذهبوا وابحثوا بتدقيق عن الصبي، وإذا وجدتموه فأخبروني لأذهب انا أَيضاً وأَسجدَ له. فلما سَمِعوا هذا من الملكِ ذهبوا، فاذا النجمُ الذي رأَوه في المشرقِ يتقدَّمُهم، حتى جاءَ ووقفَ فوقَ الموضعِ الذي كان فيه الصبي. فلمَّا رأَوا النجمَ فرِحوا فرحاً عظيماً جداً. وأتَوا الى البيتِ، فوجدوا الصبيَّ مع مريم أُمِهِ، فخرُّوا وسجدوا له، وفتحوا كنوزَهم وقدموا له هدايا من ذهبٍ ولُبانٍ ومُرّ. ثم أُوعِزَ إِليهم في الحُلمِ بأَن لا يرجعوا إِلى هيرودُس، فانصرفوا في طريقٍ أُخرى إِلى بلادهم.

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