Advent Scriptures

Week One- Luke 1:26-28

26In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth,
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to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.
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And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.”
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But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
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The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
31And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus.
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He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David.
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He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
34Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?”
35The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God.
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And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren.
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For nothing will be impossible with God.”
38Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.

Week Two- Matthew 1:18-25

18Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.
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Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly.
20But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
21She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
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All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:
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“Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.”
24When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife,
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but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.


Week Three- Luke 1:39-56

39In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country,
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where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.
41When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit
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and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
43And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me?
44For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy.
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And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”
46And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord,
47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
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His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.
51He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
52He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly;
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he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty.
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He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy,
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according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”
56And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.

Week Four- Luke 2:1-19

1In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered.
2This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.
3All went to their own towns to be registered.

4Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David.
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He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child.
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While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child.
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And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
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In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
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But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people:
11to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.
12This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.”
13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,
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“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”
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When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.”
16So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger.
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When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child;
18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them.
19But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.