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The worship of newborn Jesus

Shepherds and Wise Men arrive to worship the newborn King.
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Around Bethlehem, there were shepherds living in the fields, watching their flock during the night. An angel appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them. They were terrified but the angel told them, ‘Fear not, for I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  For this day in the city of David, a Saviour has been born, who is Christ the Lord. You will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.’ <br/>Suddenly, there was a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased!’<br/>(Luke 2:8-14) <br/>The angel and the shepherds - James Tissot - Brooklyn Museum. – Slide 1
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The shepherds agreed, ‘Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing which the Lord has told us about.’ They rushed off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. Then they told those they saw what the angels had told them. They returned glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. <br/>(Luke 2:15-20). <br/>The adoration of the shepherds - James Tissot - Brooklyn Museum. – Slide 2
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Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the promised Saviour (Messiah) as the Holy Spirit had revealed that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. <br/>(Luke 2:25-26). <br/>The Aged Simeon - James Tissot - Brooklyn Museum. – Slide 3
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The Holy Spirit led him into the Temple at the time Mary and Joseph brought baby Jesus into the Temple for the ceremony of purification according to the Law of Moses. <br/>Simeon took Jesus up in his arms and blessed God saying, ‘Lord, you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your promise. My eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared for all peoples, a light for the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.’ <br/>(Luke 2: 22-35). <br/>Presentation of Jesus in the Temple - James Tissot - Brooklyn Museum. – Slide 4
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There was a prophetess, Anna, in the Temple. She was an 84 year-old widow who did not depart from the temple spending her time worshipping with fasting and prayer night and day. Arriving and seeing baby Jesus, she began to give thanks to God and to speak of Him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem. <br/>(Luke 2:36-38) <br/>Presentation of Jesus in the Temple - James Tissot - Brooklyn Museum. – Slide 5
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After Jesus had been born in Bethlehem, during the reign of King Herod, wise men from the east set off for Jerusalem with gifts. They were Magi, (astrologers), who had seen a bright new star appear, signalling a newborn king, and wanted to worship Him. <br/>(Matthew 2:1-2). <br/>The Magi Journeying - James Tissot - Brooklyn Museum. – Slide 6
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When they arrived in Jerusalem King Herod and all the people in the city were alarmed. King Herod asked the high priests and scribes where the Promised Saviour (Messiah) would be born. They replied that the prophet Micah had written it would be in Bethlehem of Judea. <br/>(Matthew 2:3-6) <br/>Jerusalem and the Temple of Herod - James Tissot - Brooklyn Museum. – Slide 7
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Herod secretly met with the wise men and found out from them the time the star had appeared. He told them, ‘Go and search carefully for the child. When you find Him, tell me so that I, too, may go and worship Him.’ <br/>(Matthew 2:7-8). <br/>The Magi in the House of Herod - James Tissot - Brooklyn Museum. – Slide 8
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The wise men followed the star to Bethlehem where it stopped over the place where the Jesus was staying. <br/>They fell down and worshipped Him. Then they opened their treasure sacks and offered Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. <br/>Having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they left for their own country by a different road. <br/>(Matthew 2:9-12). <br/>The Adoration of the Magi - James Tissot - Brooklyn Museum. – Slide 9
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After the wise men had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. ‘Get up, take the child and His mother, and flee to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, because Herod intends to search for the child and kill Him.’ So that night, Joseph took Mary and Jesus and headed for Egypt. <br/>(Matthew 2:13-15). <br/>The flight into Egypt - James Tissot - Brooklyn Museum. – Slide 10
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Herod flew into a rage when he learned that he had been tricked by the wise men, so he ordered the execution of all the male children in Bethlehem and surrounding regions, who were two years old and younger. <br/>(Matthew 2:16-18). <br/>The Massacre of the Innocents - James Tissot - Brooklyn Museum. – Slide 11
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Mary, Joseph and Jesus lived in Egypt until Herod died. Then an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream saying, ‘Get up and take Jesus and His mother back to the land of Israel, because those who were trying to kill the child are dead.’ <br/>(Matthew 2:19-20). <br/>The sojourn in Egypt - James Tissot - Brooklyn Museum. – Slide 12
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Joseph got up, took the child and His mother, and went back to the land of Israel. When he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. So he left for the region of Galilee and settled in a town called Nazareth. <br/>(Matthew 2:21-22). <br/>The Return from Egypt - James Tissot - Brooklyn Museum. – Slide 13
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This fulfilled what was said by the prophets: ‘He will be called a Nazarene.’ <br/>(Matthew 2:23). <br/>The youth of Jesus - James Tissot - Brooklyn Museum. – Slide 14
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