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Sequentia Sancti Evangelii secundum Matthaeum – Continuation of the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew
Matthew 2 : 1-12
Cum natus esset Jesus in Bethlehem Juda in diebus Herodis regis, ecce, Magi ab Oriente venerunt Jerosolymam, dicentes : Ubi est, qui natus est Rex Judaeorum? Vidimus enim stellam Ejus in Oriente, et venimus adorare Eum.
Audiens autem Herodes rex, turbatus est, et omnis Jerosolyma cum illo. Et congregans omnes principes sacerdotum et scribas populi, sciscitabitur ab eis, ubi Christus nasceretur. At illi dixerunt ei : In Bethlehem Judae : sic enim scriptum est per Prophetam : Et tu, Bethlehem terra Juda, nequaquam minima es in principibus Juda; ex te enim exiet Dux, qui regat populum Meum Israel.
Tunc Herodes, clam vocatis Magis, diligenter didicit ab eis tempus stellae, quae apparuit eis : et mittens illos in Bethlehem, dixit : Ite, et interrogate diligenter de Puero : et cum inveneritis, renuntiate mihi, ut et ego veniens adorare Eum. Qui cum audissent regem, abierunt.
Et ecce, stella, quam viderant in Oriente, antecedebant eos, usque dum veniens staret supra, ubi erat Puer. Videntes autem stellam, gavisi sunt gaudio magno valde. Et intrantes domum, invenerunt Puerum cum Maria Matre Ejus,
ei procidentes adoraverunt Eum. Et, apertis thesauris suis, obtulerunt ei munera, aurum, thus et myrrham. Et responso accepto in somnis, ne redirent ad Herodem, per aliam viam reversi sunt in regionem suam.
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judah, in the days of King Herod, behold there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He Who is born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east, and have come to adore Him.”
And King Herod, hearing this, was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And assembling together all the chief priests and the scribes of the people, he inquired of them where Christ should be born. But they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judah, for so it is written by the prophet, ‘And you Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, you are not the least among the princes of Judah, for out of you shall come forth the Ruler Who shall rule My people Israel.'”
Then Herod privately called the wise men, learnt diligently from them the time of the star which appeared to them, and sending them into Bethlehem, said, “Go and diligently inquire after the Child, and when you have found Him bring me word again, that I may also come and adore Him.” Having heard the king, they went their way.
And behold the star which they had seen in the east went before them, until it came and stood over where the Child was. And seeing the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And entering into the house, they found the Child with Mary His mother
and falling down they adored Him. And opening their treasures, they offered Him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having received an answer in sleep that they should not return to Herod, they went back by another way into their own country.