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Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

~ Isaiah 7:14

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Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

~ Matthew 1:23

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For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

~ Isaiah 9:6

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And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

~ Luke 2:7

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

~ Luke 2:8-13

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Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw His star in the east and have come to worship him.

~ Matthew 2:2

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The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

~ John 1:14

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Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

~ Luke 2:14

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Notes: Today’s paintings are: Fra Angelico’s “Annunciation”, 1430; Guido Reni’s “The Immaculate Conception”, 1627; Carlo Dolci’s “The Adoration of the Magi”, 1649; Jacob van Oost’s “Adoration of the Shepherds”; Tom duBois’s “And Wise Men Came Bearing Gifts”; Edward Burne-Jones’s “The Star of Bethlehem”, commissioned 1887; Paolo Veronese’s “Adoration of the Magi”, 1573; and Mark Keathley’s “Light of the World”. Header image is Thomas Cole’s “The Angel Appearing to the Shepherds”, 1833-34.

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