The Birth of Jesus/ميلاد يسوع

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Merry Christmas
From the LCCC, I wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May the New Year with the blessings of Jesus bring justice and tranquility to our beloved Lebanon and peace of mind to our people all over the world.
Yours Truly
Eias Bejjani

Bible Quotation for today/The Birth of Jesus
Luke 02/01-20: “1 At that time Emperor Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Roman Empire. When this first census took place, Quirinius was the governor of Syria. Everyone, then, went to register himself, each to his own hometown. Joseph went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to the town of Bethlehem in Judea, the birthplace of King David. Joseph went there because he was a descendant of David. He went to register with Mary, who was promised in marriage to him. She was pregnant,and while they were in Bethlehem, the time came for her to have her baby. She gave birth to her first son, wrapped him in cloths and laid him in a manger—there was no room for them to stay in the inn. There were some shepherds in that part of the country who were spending the night in the fields, taking care of their flocks. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone over them. They were terribly afraid, but the angel said to them, Don’t be afraid! I am here with good news for you, which will bring great joy to all the people. This very day in David’s town your Savior was born—Christ the Lord! And this is what will prove it to you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. Suddenly a great army of heaven’s angels appeared with the angel, singing praises to God: Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom he is pleased! When the angels went away from them back into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us. So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph and saw the baby lying in the manger. When the shepherds saw him, they told them what the angel had said about the child. All who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said. Mary remembered all these things and thought deeply about them. The shepherds went back, singing praises to God for all they had heard and seen; it had been just as the angel had told them.

الزوادة الإيمانية/انجيل القديس لوقا 02/01-20/ميلاد يسوع
“وفي تلك الأيام أمر القيصر أوغسطس بإحصاء سكان الإمبراطورية. وجرى هذا الإحصاء الأول عندما كان كيرينيوس حاكما في سورية. فذهب كل واحد إلى مدينته ليكتتب فيها. وصعد يوسف من الجليل من مدينة الناصرة إلى اليهودية إلى بيت لحم مدينة داود، لأنه كان من بيت داود وعشيرته، ليكتتب مع مريم خطيبته، وكانت حبلى. وبينما هما في بيت لحم، جاء وقتها لتلد، فولدت ابنها البكر وقمطته وأضجعته في مذود، لأنه كان لا محل لهما في الفندق. وكان في تلك النـاحية رعاة يبـيتون في البرية، يتناوبون السهر في الليل على رعيتهم. فظهر ملاك الرب لهم، وأضاء مجد الرب حولهم فخافوا خوفا شديدا. فقال لهم الملاك: لا تخافوا! ها أنا أبشركم بخبر عظيم يفرح له جميع الشعب: ولد لكم اليوم في مدينة داود مخلص هو المسيح الرب. وإليكم هذه العلامة: تجدون طفلا مقمطا مضجعا في مذود. وظهر مع الملاك بغتة جمهور من جند السماء، يسبحون الله ويقولون: المجد لله في العلى، وفي الأرض السلام للحائزين رضاه. ولما انصرف الملائكة عنهم إلى السماء، قال الرعاة بعضهم لبعض: تعالوا نذهب إلى بيت لحم لنرى هذا الحدث الذي أخبرنا به الرب. وجاؤوا مسرعين، فوجدوا مريم ويوسف والطفل مضجعا في المذود. فلما رأوه أخبروا بما حدثهم الملاك عنه، فكان كل من سمع يتعجب من كلامهم. وحفظت مريم هذا كله وتأملته في قلبها.ورجع الرعاة وهم يمجدون الله ويسبحونه على كل ما سمعوا ورأوا كما أخبرهم الملاك”.