Advent 1: Hanging of the Greens

Readings from the Scriptures (CEB) Matthew 1:1, 16-20a

A record of the ancestors of Jesus Christ, son of David, son of Abraham: 16 Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary—of whom Jesus was born, who is called the Christ.  17 So there were fourteen generations from Abraham to David, fourteen generations from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen generations from the exile to Babylon to the Christ.  18 This is how the birth of Jesus Christ took place. When Mary his mother was engaged to Joseph, before they were married, she became pregnant by the Holy Spirit. 19 Joseph her husband was a righteous man. Because he didn’t want to humiliate her, he decided to call off their engagement quietly. 20 As he was thinking about this, an angel from the Lord appeared to him in a dream…


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