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24 Decembrie 2018



Ajunul Nasterii Domnului nostru Iisus Hristos

The Eve of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ

Evanghelia Zilei

In vremea aceea a iesit porunca de la cezarul August sa se inscrie toata lumea. Aceasta inscriere, cea dintai, s'a facut pe cand Quirinus guverna in Siria. Si se duceau toti sa se inscrie, fiecare in cetatea sa. Si Iosif s'a suit si el din Galileea, din cetatea Nazaret, in Iudeea, in cetatea lui David, care se numeste Betleem, pentru ca el era din casa si din semintia lui David, ca sa se inscrie impreuna cu Maria, cea logodita cu el, care era insarcinata. Iar pe cand erau ei acolo, s'au implinit zilele ca ea sa nasca. Si L-a nascut pe Fiul ei Cel Intai-Nascut si L-a infasat si L-a culcat in iesle, fiindca pentru ei nu era loc la han.

Si in tinutul acela erau pastori care stateau pe camp si-si pazeau turma facand noaptea de straja. Si iata, ingerul Domnului a stat langa ei si slava Domnului a stralucit imprejurul lor si ei s'au infricosat cu frica mare. Si ingerul Domnului le-a zis: „Nu va temeti. Ca, iata, va binevestesc voua bucurie mare, care va fi pentru tot poporul; ca'n cetatea lui David vi S'a nascut azi Mantuitor, Care este Hristos Domnul. Si acesta va va fi semnul: Veti gasi un Prunc infasat si culcat in iesle“. Si, deodata, laolalta cu ingerul s'a vazut multime de oaste cereasca laudandu-L pe Dumnezeu si zicand: „Slava intru cei de sus lui Dumnezeu si pe pamant pace, intre oameni bunavoire!“

Iar dupa ce ingerii au plecat de la ei la cer, pastorii vorbeau unii catre altii: „Sa mergem dar pana la Betleem si sa vedem lucrul acesta ce s'a facut, pe care Domnul ni l-a facut noua cunoscut“. Si, grabindu-se, au venit si au aflat pe Maria si pe Iosif si pe Prunc culcat in iesle. Si vazandu-L, au vestit cuvantul ce li se graise despre Copilul Acesta. Si toti cei ce au auzit se mirau de cele ce le spuneau pastorii. Iar Maria pastra toate cuvintele acestea, punandu-le intru inima ei. Si s'au intors pastorii slavind si laudand pe Dumnezeu pentru toate cate le-au auzit si le-au vazut asa cum li se spusesera. (Luca 2, 1-20)

The Daily Gospel

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius 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 clothes, 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 clothes 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. (Luke 2:1-10)