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Advent 2005: The last card!

three wee kings
Image via Scottish Christmas Cards

From the Gospel According to Matthew, chapter 2, verses 1-12:

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the East to Jerusalem, saying, "Where is He that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him."

When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, "In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet: 'And thou, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, art not the least among the princes of Judah; for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule My people Israel.'" Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and search diligently for the young child, and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also."

When they had heard the king, they departed; and lo, the star which they saw in the East went before them until it came and stood over where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto Him gifts: gold and frankincense and myrrh. And being warned by God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

Today is the Feast of the Epiphany, also known as Three Kings Day or the Twelfth Day of Christmas. This is the day on which I choose to end my Advent project, though if I wanted to I could extend it through this coming Sunday, which is the last day of the Christmas season according to the liturgical calendar, or through January 13, which in the old days was the last day of the eight-day Epiphany feast, or even through February 2, Candlemas. But nuts to that. This is the day I chose to end the project, and this the day it's going to end. So mote it be.

Hope you enjoyed this year's project!

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