Christmas - 2000
Two thousand years ago in a small town of Bethlehem in Judea an event
that influenced spiritual development of the mankind took place. In those
days an order went out from Caesar Augustus that a census should be taken
of the whole world. This registration first occured while Quirinius was
governor of Syria.
They all went to be registered, each to his own city, and Joseph, too,
went up from Galilee out of the city of Nazareth to Judea, to the city
of David called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David,
to be registered with Mary, his bethrothed wife, whose pregnancy was advanced.
While they were there her days were completed to give birth, and she
bore her first-born Son, whom she wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid
in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. These are
the words of evangelist Luke about the Nativity of Jesus Christ, the Son
of God, Who came to this world in order to bring people the light of truth,
to expiate sins of people with His sufferings and to give us hope for
salvation. People living in different countries and speaking different
languages every time on this Day experience a bright joy of a Holiday.
Gandolfino da Roreto
The Adoration of the Magi
Brueghel, Pieter, II