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ii I I I I I III llIII I II III II I The first day of Christmas my true love sent to me A partridge in a pear tree. second day of Christmas my true love sent to me two turtle doves And a partridge in a pear tree. 1he tldrd day of Christmas my true love sent to me Three French Hens Two turtle doves And e partridge in a pear tree. The fourth day of Christmas my true love sent to me Four Colly birds.. The fifth day of Chrbtmas my true love sent to me Five gold rings.. The sixth day of Christmas my true love sent to me Six geese a-laying . 11Ul seventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me Seven swans swimming. The eighth day of Clutstmas my true love sent to me Eight maids a-milking.. Tim ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me Nine drummers drumming... The tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me Ten pipers piping.. De eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me Eleven ladies dancing The twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me Twelve Ioros a-leaping, Eleven ladies dancing, Ten pipers piping, Nine drummers drumming, Eight maids a-milking, Seven swans swimming, Six geese a-laYing, Five gold rings, Four Colly birds, Three French Hens, Two turtle doves, A partridge in a pear tree. @ ICWoI~L . ? Three men ride their cam- els over a sea of sand; a dazzling star hangs above a town huddled in sleep. On the hillsides, sheep stir and fires of shepherds twinkle. A single light burns in the town. Everyone will recognize this word-picture of the first Christmas. But when was it, exactly ? St. Matthew tells us that Jesus was born when Herod was king of Judea and re- lates the story of Herod's plan to kill the Infant King. He writes that Herod called If Christ and His disciples On Christmas Eve, many for the death of all boys were to visit the Holy Land pilgrims attend midnight "from two years old and today, they would find many mass in the Church of St. under, according to the time parts of it unchanged. The Catherine which is attached which he had diligently in- hill on which Bethlehem to the Church of the Nativ- quired of the Wise Men." stands looks as it didalmost ity, built over the rocky They had told Herod of two thousand years ago grotto believed to be the seeing the Star of Bethle- when Christmas came into birthplace of Christ. hem two years before the being, as do many other tyrant had ordered the spots we've often read Others may attend an "slaughter of the Land- about in Sunday School. evening service held under cents." the stars in nearby Shep- Today one can visit the herds' Field, said to be the Scholars have established excavated walls of Jericho field of Boaz where Ruth that Herod reigned from 37 one of the oldest cities in once gleaned. One hundred B.C. until his death in 4 the world, and watch veiled and twenty miles awayfrom B.C. Since we know that women filling their water Bethlehem lies Nazareth, Herod died in 4 B.C., Jesus jugs at Elisha's Fountain home of Jesus, Joseph, and must have been born at just as they did 2,000 years Mary for so many years. It least two years earlier. ago. The Garden of Geth- stretches along a hillside, a semane with its ancient, humble little town with The greatGermanastron- gnarled olive trees, sur-busy, dirty streets. Sur-omer, John Kepler, aug- rounded by a lonely land- rounding Nazareth are gested that Christ had been scape recalls that sorrowful fields much like those Jesus born in 7 B.C., during a con- night when Christ prayed knew so well. Even now one junction of the planets as His disciples slept. And can see what is said to be Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. the lush tropicalvegetation Joseph's carpenter shop, However, it has been learn- that made the Jordan Val- and the Well of Mary, ed that Mars, Jupiter and ley the land of milk and which still supplies the Saturn could not have been honey is still there to de- town its water. The artisan bright enough to be visible light the eye of the be- and craft shops of Naza- in 7 B.C. holder reth seem to have changed And yet, 7 B.C. is regarded surprisingly little over theby many to have been the But withln Betlllehem it- centuries, year of Christ's birth. Ac- self, many changes have Cording to the Bible, Christ taken place since Joseph This year, as every year, was born during one of the and Mary went about seek- thousands of pilgrims will great census takings of the ing shelter that holy come to Nazareth and other Roman Empire. In addition, night. Now there are rood- sacred.spots in the Holy Rome's history records that ern stone buildings, and Land to honor the birth of an empire-wide taxation large hurehes have been Christ. There, beautiful sel': was begun in 8 B.C. It is not built:on:the presumed sites vices and glorious music unlikely that the census and af tlmlnn and the manger, will r call the :event, taxing were held at the same time since one could serve as a check on the other. Since Judea was on the frontier of the Roman Era- The Magi Symbolized ii _ II pire, it must have taken the C tax and census takers about -Ancient Priestly aste two years to work their way there. We know that Jesus I mm m In New Testament hmtory zdentica, with astrology and |zi r was at least two years old according to Matthew, the magic in the popular view I I J | at the timeof Herod's death narrative of the three Magi This explains the use of the | in 4 B.C. Allowing a year who followed a star to Beth- tern,, "wise men" in Mat. 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