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NARRATOR: About 2000 years ago, when King Herod ruled Judea (now part of Israel), God sent the angel Gabriel.
ANGEL GABRIEL: Peace be with you!. God has blessed you and is pleased with you.
MARY: Oh, I don´t know what you mean.
ANGEL GABRIEL: Don’t be afraid, God has been very kind to you. You will become pregnant by the Holy Spirit and give birth to a baby boy and you will call him Jesus. He will be God’s own Son and his kingdom will never end.
MARY: I believe and trust in God. I am the servant girl of the Lord. Let it happen as God chooses.
ANGEL GABRIEL: Listen to me Mary, your cousin, Elizabeth who everyone thought was too old to have children, will have a baby boy whom God has chosen to prepare the way for Jesus. With God nothing is impossible.
MARY: I will go to see my dear cousin today.
NARRATOR: Mary said goodbye to her family and friends and went to visit her cousin Elizabeth and her husband Zechariah.
ELIZABETH: Mary, I am very happy to see you. I knew that you would be chosen by God to be the mother of his Son. An angel told my husband, Zechariah, that I was going to have a baby that would prepare people to welcome your son, Jesus. My son´s name will be John.
MARY: Elizabeth, I have decided to stay here with you for a while.
ELIZABETH: I am glad to have the mother of God in my home.
NARRATOR: So Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months and then returned home to Nazareth. Meanwhile in Nazareth Joseph was doubting about marrying Mary.
JOSEPH:I am worried. Mary is expecting a baby and we are not married yet. Maybe I shouldn`t marry her. I will talk to her when she returns.
NARRATOR: That night when Joseph was sleeping an Angel appeared in his dreams.
ANGEL: Don’t be afraid to have Mary as your wife. Mary has been chosen by God to be the mother of his Son. When the baby is born you should name him Jesus, which means “Saviour”, because he will save his people from their sins.
NARRATOR: When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel had told him to do and took Mary as his wife.At this time, the land where Mary and Joseph lived was part of the Roman Empire. The Roman Emperor was Caesar Augustus.
CAESAR AUGUSTUS:(to the taxman) I want to have a list of all the people in the empire, just to make sure they are paying their taxes.
TAXMAN: I will get the list as soon as possible.
CAESAR AUGUSTUS: And also tell everyone to return to the town where their families originally came from, and enter their names in a register (or census) there.
TAXMAN: Very well, Emperor.
NARRATOR: So Mary and Joseph travelled a long way from Nazareth to Bethlehem, because that was where Joseph’s family came from.
JOSEPH: Mary, we have to travel very slowly.MARY: Thank you Joseph for being so kind with me. The baby will be born soon.
NARRATOR: When they reached Bethlehem they had problems finding somewhere to stay.
JOSEPH: Mary, there´s no place for us. Many people came to register their names in the census.
MARY: Yes, and every house is full and every bed is taken in all of the Inns.
JOSEPH: We will have to stay in that stable over there, even tough is full of animals.
MARY: It doesn´t matter, we will do God`s will.
NARRATOR: And in this place Mary gave birth to Jesus, the Son of God. Jesus’ bed was the manger that the animals ate their hay from. A very bright great star shone over the manger and they were all covered in light. Meanwhile, outside Bethlehem, some shepherds looked after their sheep through the long night, when an angel appeared.
ANGEL: Don’t be afraid. I have good news for you and everyone. Today in Bethlehem a Saviour has been born for you. You will find the baby lying in a manger.
NARRATOR: Then many more angels appeared, lighting up the sky. The shepherds heard them singing.
ANGELS: Glory to God in highest, and peace to everyone on earth.
NARRATOR: When the angels had gone the shepherds said.
SHEPHERD 1: Let’s go to Bethlehem to see what has happened.
SHEPEHERD 2: Yes, let`s go.
NARRATOR: So the shepherds went to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph.
SHEPHERD 1: The baby is lying in a manger, just as the Angel said.
SHEPHERD 2: We have to tell everybody what has happened. Every people must know that God sent us his Son to be our Saviour.
NARRATOR: Then the shepherds returned to their sheep, praising God for sending his Son to save his people. Later 3 Kings, Gaspar, Balthasar, and Melchior, who were wise men from the east saw the bright star.
GASPAR: Look, that bright star in the sky!
BALTHASAR: We know what that means.
MELCHIOR: Yes, the old writings that we have read say that when Jesus is born, a bright star will appear in the sky.
GASPAR: Let´s follow the star.
BALTHASAR: Yes, we have to find the new king, the star will lead us on our way.
NARRATOR: The Wise Men followed the star towards the country of Judea and when they got to the capital, Jerusalem, they began to ask people.
THREE WISEMEN: Where is the child who is born to be king of the Jews? We come from the east to worship him.
NARRATOR: Herod, the king of Judea, heard this and sent for the Wise Men to come to him.
HEROD:(thinking) I can`t let someone else take my place. I am the only king in this land! I have to do something. (yelling) Soldier!
SOLDIER: Yes, King Herod.
HEROD: Go and bring those three Wise Men, tell them that I need to talk to them at once.
NARRATOR: The soldier brought the three Wise Men to Herod.
HEROD: I am glad to meet you, Wise Men. I heard about the Baby King. Please, when you find him, let me know where he is, so that I can go and worship him.
NARRATOR: But Herod did not tell them that he really had an evil plan in mind to kill the new King.
WISEMEN: Yes, we will, King Herod. Let us continue our journey, and as soon as we find him, we will let you know.
NARRATOR: The Wise men followed the star towards Bethlehem. Then the shining star stopped and shone directly down upon the place where Jesus was.
GASPAR: The star stopped!.
MELCHIOR: Let´s go in.
NARRATOR: The Wise Men entered the stable and they found Jesus with Mary, they bowed down and worshipped him.
WISE MEN: We brought gifts to our King.
MELCHIOR: I brought him myrrh.
GASPAR: I brought him frankincence.
BALTHASAR: And I brought him gold.
NARRATOR: That night when the Wise Men were sleeping an angel appeared to them in a dream.
ANGEL: God sent me to warn you not to go back to Herod. He´s real plan is to kill Jesus. You have to take another way home.
NARRATOR: And next morning when they woke up they returned to their countries in the East by a different way. When the Wise Men had gone, an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream.
ANGEL: Get up, take Jesus and Mary and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to look for Jesus to kill him.
JOSEPH: Mary, we have to leave this place tonight. We have to go to Egypt.
NARRATOR: Meawhile, Herod was furious because the Wise Men tricked him.
HEROD: Soldiers!. Come here at once!.
SOLDIERS: Yes, King Herod.
HEROD: I order you to go to Bethlehem and to all the surrounding areas, and get rid of all the boys aged two or younger. There`s no other king in this land, but me!.
NARRATOR: Then an angel appeared to Joseph and Mary.
ANGEL: Joseph, take Jesus and Mary and go to Egypt. Herod wants to get rid of Jesus. I will let you know when it`s time to come back.
NARRATOR: But Herod`s plan failed. Mary, Joseph and the baby were not in Bethlehem anymore, they were in Egypt. Many years passed by, and after Herod passed away, Joseph had another dream in which an angel appeared to him.
ANGEL: Joseph, get up, take Jesus and Mary and go back to Israel. Those who were trying kill Jesus are dead.
NARRATOR: So Joseph got up.
JOSEPH: Mary, now it`s time to go back.
NARRATOR: But when he heard that Herod’s son was now king of Judea, he was afraid to go there. So instead they went to Galilee, and lived in their old town of Nazareth.