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The Story of the Flight into Egypt.
(From the Gospel of St. Matthew.)
And the wise men being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, departed into their own country another way.
And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “ Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word : for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.” When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: and was there until the death of Herod : that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
“Out of Egypt have I called my Son."
Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had dili
THE FLIGHT INTO EGYPT.
gently inquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying,
“In Rama was there a voice beard,
Rachel weeping for her children,
The Story of the Childhood of our Saviour,
(From the Gospels of St. MATTHEW and ST. LUKE.)
But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, “ Arise, and take the young child, and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child's life.” And he arose, and took the young child, and his mother, and came into the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee, and he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth : that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, “He shall be called a Nazarene.”
Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem, after the custom of the feast. And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and THE CHILDHOOD OF OUR SAVIOUR.
acquaintance. And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. And when they saw him, they were amazed ; and his mother said unto him, “Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing." And he said unto them, “ How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business ?” And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them. And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.
And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
The Story of the Good Samaritan.
(From the 10th Chapter of St. Luke's Gospel.)
“ A CERTAIN man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, and went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow, when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, “Take care of him: and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.' Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbor unto him that fell among the thieves ?”