Birth of Jesus
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Pictorial Explanation of the Birth of Jesus or the Christmas story
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Mary the mother of Jesus

Mary praises God

Mary sings a song of praise to God as she and Elizabeth greet each other.

Miriam or Mary as we call her in English was a devout Jew living in the town of Nazareth.

In Hebrew Mary means: bitter.

Background Reading:

Luke 1:46-56

Mary's Song

46 And Mary said:

        "My soul glorifies the Lord

        47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

        48 for he has been mindful

        of the humble state of his servant.

        From now on all generations will call me blessed,

        49 for the Mighty One has done great thing for me-

        holy is his name.

        50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,

        from generation to generation.

        51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;

        he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.

        52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones

        but has lifted up the humble.

        53 He has filled the hungry with good things

        but has sent the rich away empty.

        54 He has helped his servant Israel,

        remembering to be merciful

        55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,

        even as he said to our fathers."

56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.

More Information:

Mary and Joseph had other children after Mary gave birth to Jesus. see Matthew 13:55-56, Mark 6:3, Luke 8:19.

arranged marriages


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