The Christmas Story

And Joseph went from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to the city of David, called Bethlehem, because he was of David’s lineage, with Mary his betrothed wife, who was expecting a child. While they were there, she gave birth.

And Joseph went from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to the city of David, called Bethlehem, because he was of David’s lineage, with Mary his betrothed wife, who was expecting a child. While they were there, she gave birth. This was her first born son, and she wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger since there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were shepherds around there, watching over their flocks by night And suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were very frightened. The angel said to them,”Do not be afraid. Behold, I am bringing you joyful news which will bring great joy to all the people; for today in the city of David the Saviour has been born for you who is Christ the Lord. And this will be your sign: you will see a child wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there appeared with the angel a host of heavenly angels praising God and saying, ”Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those who please him.” And when the angels left the shepherds said to one another,”Let us go to Bethlehem.” And they hurried off there, and they found Mary and Joseph, and the child who was lying in the manger.

(Luke2, 1-16) Canon Cosslett Ó Cuinn did this translation into Irish, using the Revised Standard Version and the original Greek text. He worked as a priest of the Church of Ireland in Moville in the 1930’s.This extract is published with the kind permission of The Guild of the Church (of Ireland).

A list of resources produced by The Irish Guild of the Church can be had on the Internet, including a sheet with common prayers in Irish and English with pronunciation.