End of the Christmas season

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Now after Jesus came into the world in Bethlehem in Judea, at the time when Herod was king, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem. And they asked, ‘Where is this king of the Jews who has just come into the world? For we have just seen his star in the East and we have come to adore him.’ When Herod the king heard this, he was shocked and so were all the people of Jerusalem….

Now after Jesus came into the world in Bethlehem in Judea, at the time when Herod was king, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem. And they asked, ‘Where is this king of the Jews who has just come into the world? For we have just seen his star in the East and we have come to adore him.’ When Herod the king heard this, he was shocked and so were all the people of Jerusalem….

Herod sent for the wise men secretly to find out when they had seen the star; and he sent them to Bethlehem, and he said to them, ‘Do your best to find the child, and when you find him, let me know so that I too can come and worship him.’ After listening to the king, they went off; and behold the star that they had seen in the East travelled before them till it stopped above the place where the child was. When they saw the star they were overcome with joy, and they went into the house and they saw the child and Mary, his mother, and they fell down upon their knees and adored him. Then they opened their caskets, and gave him presents of gold, frankincense and myrrh. They received a warning in a dream not to go back to Herod, so they went back to their own country by a different way.

When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him,‘Get up, take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt, and stay there till I tell you; for Herod is about to go looking for the child to kill him.’ And he got up, took the child and his mother by night and fled to Egypt, and stayed there until after the death of Herod.

[From An Tiomna Nua, the New Testament in Irish, translated by Cosslett Ó Cuinn, published by the Guild of the Church (of Ireland)].