“And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem because he was of the house and lineage of David to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. And so it was that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her first born son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.
Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields keeping watch over their flock by night.
And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them and the glory of the Lord shone around them …
…and they were greatly afraid….
Then the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. And this will be a sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.’
And there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly hosts praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the Highest and on earth peace, goodwill to men.’
When the angels had gone away from them, into heaven,
then, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.’
And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph and the Babe lying in the manger.
And when they had seen Him they made widely known the sayings which were told them concerning this child.
And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told themby 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 them.”