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with herself what manner of salu- among women, and blessed is the tation this should be.

fruit of thy womb. 30 And the Angel said to her:

43 And whence is this to me, Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found that the mother of my Lord should grace with God.

come to me? 31 Behold thou shalt conceive in 44 Forbehold as soon as the thy womb, and shalt bring forth a voice of thy salutation sounded in son ; and thou shalt call his name my ears, the infant in my womb JESUS.

leaped for joy. 32 He shall be great, and shall 45 And blessed art thou that hast be called the Son of the most High, believed, because those things shall and the Lord God shall give unto be accomplished that were spoken him the throne of David his father: to thee by the Lord. and he shall reign in the house of 46 And Mary_said : My soul Jacob for ever.

doth magnify the Lord : 33 And of his kingdom there 47 And my spirit hath rejoiced shall be no end.

in God my Saviour. 34 Apd Mary said to the Angel: 48 Because he hath regarded the Itow shall this be done, because I humility of his hand-maid; for be, know not man ?

hold from henceforth all genera35 And the Angel answering, said tions shall call me blessed. to her : The Holy Ghost shall 49 Because he that is mighty come upon thee, and the power of hath done great things to me: and the most. High shall overshadow holy is his name. thee. And therefore also the Holy 50 And his mercy is from genewhich shall be born of thee, shall ration unto generations, to them be called the Son of God.

that fear him. 36 And behold thy cousin Eliza- 51 He hath shewed might in his beth, she also hath conceived a son arm : he hath scattered the proud in her old age; and this is the sixth in the conceit of their heart. month with her that is called barren; 52 Ile hath put down the mighty

37 Because no word shall be im- from their seat, and hath exalted possible with God.

the humble. 38 And Mary said : Behold the 53 He hath filled the hungry hand-maid of the Lord, be it done with good things: and the rich he to me according to thy word. And hath sent empty away. the Angel departed from her. 54 He hath received Israel his

39 And Mary rising up in those servant, being mindful of his mercy. days, went into the hill country 55 As he spoke to our fathers, to with haste into a city of Juda. Abraham and to his seed for ever.

40 And she entered into the house 56 And Mary abode with her of Zachary, and saluted Elizabeth. about three months : and she re

41 And it came to pass, that turned to her own house. when Elizabeth heard the saluta- 57 Now Elizabeth's full time of tion of Mary, the infant leaped in being delivered was come, and she her womb. And Elizabeth was brought forth a son. filled with the Holy Ghost :

58 And her neighbours and kins. 42 And she cried out with a loud folks heard that the Lord had shew voice, and said : Blessed art thou ed his great mercy towards her,

Ver. 48. Shall call me blessed. These words are a prediction of that honour which the church of all ages shouid pay to the biessed Virgin. Let Protestants examine whether they are any way concerned in this prophecy.

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and they congratulated with her. Abraham our father, that he would

59 And it came to pass that on grant to as, the eighth day they came to cir- 74 That being delivered from the cumcise the child, and they called hand of our enemies, we may serve him by his father's name Zachary. him without fear,

60 ́And his mother answering, 75 In holiness and justice before said: Not so, but he shall be called him, all our days. Jolin.

76 And thou child, shalt be called 61 And they said to her: There the prophet of the Highest : for is none of thy kindred that is called thou shalt go before the face of the by this name:

Lord to prepare his ways. 62 And they made signs to his 77 To give knowledge of salvafather, how he would have him tion to his people, unto the remiscalled.

sion of their sins.

1.91 63 And demanding a writing- 78 Through the bowels of the table, he wrote, saying: John is his mercy of our God, in which the name. And they all wondered. Orient, from on high, hath visited

64 And immediately his mouth us. was opened, and his tongue loosed, 79 To enlighten them that sit in and he spoke blessing God. darkness, and in the shadow of

65. And fear came upon all their death: to direct our feet into the neighbours; and all these things way of

peace. :were inoised abroad over all the 30 And the child grew, and was hill-country of Judea:

strengthened in spirit: and was in 66 And all they that had heard the deserts until the day of his mathen laid them up in their heart, nifestation to Israel. saying: What an one, think ye, -CHAP. II. shall this child be?: For the hand The birth of Christ. of the Lord was with him..

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that in those 67 And Zachary his father was days there went out a decree filled with the Holy Ghost : and he from Cesar Augustus ; that the prophesied saying that whole world should be enrolled.

68 Blessed be the Lord God of 2. This enrolling was first made Israel: because he hath visited and by Cyrinus the governor of Syria. wrought the redemption of his peo- 3. And all went to be enrolled, ple:

every one into his own city. 69 And hath raised up an horn 4 And Joseph also went up from of salvation to us, in the house of Galilee out of the city of Nazareth David his servant.

into Judea, to the city of David, 70 As he spoke by the mouth of which is called Bethlehem: because his holy prophets, who are from he was of the house and family of the beginning.

David, 71 Salvation from our enemies, 5 To be enrolled with Mary his and from the hand of all that espoused wife who was with child. hate us.

6 And it came to pass, that when 72 To perform mercy to our fa- they were there, her days were ac*thers; and to remember his holy complished, that she should be detestament. .',.

livered. 73 The oath which he swore to 7 And she brought forth her first

Ver. 7. Her frst-oorn. The meaning is not that she had afterwards any other child : but it is a way of speech among the Hebrews, to call them also the first-born, who are the only children.

born son, and wrapped him up in| 21 And after eight days were ac swaddling clothes, and laid him in a complished that the child should manger: because there was no room be círcumcised; his name was callfor them in the inn.

ed Jesus, which was called by the 8 And there were in the same angel, before he was conceived in country shepherds watching and the womb. keeping the night-watches over 22 And after the days of her putheir flock.

rification according to the law of 9. And behold, an angel of the Moses were accomplished, they Lord stood by them, and the bright- carried him to Jerusalem, to preness of God shone round about sent him to the Lord. them: and they feared with a great 23 As it is written in the law of fear.

the Lord, Every male opening the 10 And the angel said to them: womb shall be called holy to the Fear not ; for behold I bring you Lord. good tidings of great joy, that shall Be to all the people:

24 And to offer a sacrifice ac

cording as it is written in the law 11 For this day is born to you a of the Lord, a pair of turtle doves, SAVIOUR, who is Christ the Lord, or two young pigeons. in the city of David.

25 And behold there was a man · 12 And this shall be a sign unto in Jerusalem named Simeon, and you: You shall find the infant this man was just and devout, waitwrapped in swaddling clothes, and ing for the consolation of Israel: laid in a manger.

and the Holy Ghost was in him. : 13 'And suddenly there was with 26 And he had received an anthe angel a multitude of the heaven- swer from the Holy Ghost, that he ly army, praising God, and saying: should not see death, before he had

14 Glory to God in the highest : seen the CHRIST of the Lord. and on earth peace to men of good 27 And he came by the Spirit will.

into the temple. And when his pa15 And it came to pass, after the rents brought in the child JESUS, angels departed from them into to do for him according to the cusheaven, the shepherds said one to tom of the law, another: Let us go over to Beth- :28 He also took him into his lehem, and let us see this word that arins, and blessed God, and said: is come to pass, which the Lord 29 Now thou dost dismiss thy hath shewed to us.

servant, O Lord, according to thy 16 And they came with haste : word in peace. and they found Mary and Joseph, 30 Because my eyes have seen and the infant lying in the manger. thy salvation,

17 And seeing, they understood 31 Which thou hast prepared beof the word that had been spoken fore the face of all people : to them concerning this child. 32 A light to the revelation of the

18 And all that heard, wonder- gentiles, and the glory of thy peeed: and at those things that were ple lsrael. told them by the shepherds.

33 And his father and mother 19 But Mary kept all these words, were wondering at those things pondering them in heart. which were spoken concerning him.

20 And the shepherds returned, 34 And Simeon blessed them, glorifying and praising God, for all and said to Mary his mother: Bes the things they had heard, and seen, hold this child is set for the fall, as it was told unto theni

and for the resurrection of many in Israel, and for a sign which shallj. 47 And all that heard him were be contradicted,

astonished at his wisdom and his 35 And thy own soul a sword answers. shall piorre, that: out of many 48 And seeing him, they wonhearts thoughts may be revealed.' dered. And his mother said to him:

- 36 And there was one Anna a Son, why hast thou done so to us? prophetess, the mughter of Pha- behold thy father and I have sought nuel, of the tribe of Aser; she was thee sorrowing. far advanced in yewry, and had lived 49 And he said to them: How is with her husband even years from it that you sought me? did you not her virginity:

know, that I must be about my Fa11:37 And she was a widow until ther's business? fourscore and four years; who de- 50 And they understood not the parted not from the temple, by. fast- word that he spoke unto them. ings and prayers sesvipg night and 51 And he went down with them, day.

and came to. Nazareth; and was 38 Now she at the same hour subject to them.” And his mother coming in, confessed to the Lord; kept all these words in her heart. and spoke of him to a that looked :52 And JESUS advanced in wisfor the redemption of Israel. dom and age, and grace with God

39 And after they wad perform- and men. ed all things according to the law

CHAP III. of the Lord, they retur ud into Ga- John's mission and preaching. lilee, to their city Naza th. 40 And the child gre Ind wax- NOW in the fifteenth year of

the reign of Tiberius Cesar, ed strong, full of wisdom : 39d the Pontius Pilate being governor of grace of God was in him

Judea, and Herod being tetrarch 11 And his parents went 'every of Galilee, and Philip his brother year to Jerusalem, at the solemn tetrarch of Iturea and the country day of the pasch.

of Trachonitis, and I.ysanias te42 And when he was twelve years trarch of Abilina. old, they going up into Jerusalem 2 Under the high-priests Annas according to the custom of the and Caiphas: the word of the Lord feast,

was made unto John the son of Za43 And having fulfilled the days, chary, in the desert. when they returned, the child JE 3 And he came into all the counsus remained in Jerusalem; and try about the Jordan, preaching the his parents knew it not.

baptism of penance for the remis-44 And thinking that he was in sion of sins ; the company, they came a day's 4 As it was written in the book journey, and sought him among of the sayings of Isaias the protheir kinsfolks and acquaintance.

voice of one crying in the .45 And not finding him, they re- wilderness : Prepare ye the way of turned into Jerusalem, seeking him. the Lord, make straight his paths.

46 And it came to pass, that af- 5 Every valley shalt be filled ; and ter three days they found him in the every mountain and hill shall be temple sitting in the midst of the brought low: and the crooked shall doctors, hearing them and asking be made straight, and the rough them questions.

ways, plain. Ver. 34. For the fall. . Not that God sent his Son for the fall of any man : but that many by their own perversity in wilfully refusing to receive and obey him, should take occasion of fulling.

6 And all flesh shall see the salva- 17 Whose fan is in his hand, and tion of God.

he will purge his floor; and will ga7 He said therefore to the multi-ther the wheat into his barn, but tudes that went forth to be bapti- the 'chaff he will burn with unzed by him: Ye offspring of vipers, quenchable fire. who hath shewed you to flee from 18 And many other things exthé wrath to 'come?

horting did he preach to the people. 8 Bring forth, therefore "fruits

19 But Herod the tetrarch, when worthy of penance, and do not be he was reproved by him for Herodigin to say, We have Abraham for as his brother's wife, and for all the our father. For I say unto you, that evils which Herod had done, God is able of these stones to raise 20 He added this also above all, up children to' Abraham.'' and shut up John in prison.

9 For now the axe is laid to the 21 Now it came to pass, when toot of the trees. Every tree there-all the people was baptized, that fore that bringeth not forth good JESUS also being baptized and fruit, shall be cut down, and cast práying, heaven was opened : into the fire.

22 And the Holy Ghost descend10" And the people asked him, ed in a bodily shape as a dove upon saying: What then shall we do? him : and a voice came from hea

11 And he answering, said to ven: Thou art my beloved Son, in them: He that hath two coats, let thee I am well pleased. him give to him that hath none; and 29 And Jesus himself was behe that hath meat, let him do in ginning about the age of thirty like manner.

years : being (as it was supposed) 12 And the publicans also came the Son of Joseph, who was of to be baptized, and said to him: Heli, who was of Máthat, Master, what shall we do?

24 Who was of Levi, who was 13 But he said to them : Do no- of Melehi, who was of Janne, who thing more than that which is ap- was of

Joseph, pointed you.

2. 25 Who was of Mathathias, 14 And the soldiers also asked who was of Amos, who was of Nahim, saying? And what shall we húm, who was of Hesli, who was "doAnd he said to them: Do vio- of Ņagge, ate an ano man, neither calumni- 26 Who was of Mahath, who

man; and be content with was of Mathathias, who was of Seyour pay:

mei, who was of Joseph, 'who was 15 And as the people was of of Juda, ***** opinion, and all were thinking'in 27 Who was of Joanna, who their hearts of John, that perhaps was of Reza, who was of Zorobahe might be the Christ:

bel, who was of Salathiel, who was 16 John answered, saying unto of Neri, all: 1 indeed baptize you with wa- 28 Who was of Melchi, who was ter; but there shall come one of Addi, who was of Cosan, who mightier than whose shoes the latchet of was of Helmadan, who was of Her, am not worthy to

29 Who was of Jesus, who was loose; he shall baptize you with of Eliezer, who was of Jorim, who the Holy Ghost and with fire. was of Mathat, who was of Levi,

Ver. 23. Who was of Heli. St. Joseph, who by nature was the son of Jucob (St. Matt. i. 16.) in the account of the law was son of Heli. For Heli and Jacob were brothers, by the same mother'; and Heli, who was the elder, dying without issue, Jacob, 48 the law direct. ed, married his widow; in consequence of which marriage his son Joseph was reputed in the law, the son of Helt.

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