Saturday, December 25, 2021

And It Came to Pass ...

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

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.

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.

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, good will toward men.

And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
(Luke 2:1-20, KJV)

I wish you time with your loved ones, health, and (most of all) happiness. Peace on Earth my brothers and sisters ...

Merry Christmas!!


  1. Ms. Barnhardt has a slightly different take on what the "heavenly host" said:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to one and all.

    1. Whoda Thunk? Interesting, Thanks MM!

    2. juvat - The things we learn from our readers, never ceases to amaze me the knowledge shared here.

    3. Makes much more sense, since GRYMG is an English Carol, so it coming from Middle and possibly earlier versions of English (and not Court French) would make the phrasing and word meaning much more sensible as "God rest ye merry, Gentlemen."

      And here I've been lecturing on the old values of stuff and get knocked in the head by the old meanings of stuff. Ah, historian hubris at its finest! :)

    4. That meaning makes sense with the evidence of the second line of the song. Great and mighty men are dismayed by nothing.

      God's blessing to you one and all.


  2. A Merry Christmas and peace and joy to all!

  3. Merry Christmas to you Sarge, as well as Juvat, Beans, Tuna, and all the Chanters. May you have a peaceful and happy holiday on Our Savior's birth.

    1. Merry Christmas Toirdhealbheach Beucail.

    2. Merry Christmas and a happy 12 days of it to you too, Toirdhealbheach Beucail.

  4. Merry Christmas! Feliz Navidad!

  5. Merry Christmas, boss, and to all the Chanters and their families everywhere. God bless us, everyone.

  6. Happy Birthday Jesus! And to all a joy filled day!


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