白冷 – 牧童村岩洞小聖堂
耶穌基督的誕生是這樣的：衪的母親瑪利亞許配於若瑟後， 在同居前，她因聖神有孕的事已顯示出來。她的丈夫若瑟，因是義人，不願公開羞辱她，有意暗暗地休退她。當他在思慮這事時，看，在夢中上主的天使顯現給他說：「達味之子若瑟，不要怕娶你的妻子瑪利亞，因為那在她內受生的，是出於聖神。她要生一個兒子， 你要給衪起名叫耶穌，因為衪要把自己的民族，由他們的罪惡中拯救出來。」這一切事的發生，是為應驗上主藉先知所說的話：「看，一位貞女，將懷孕生子，人將稱衪的名字為厄瑪奴耳，意思是：天主與我們同在。若瑟從睡夢中醒來，就照上主的天使所囑咐的辦了，娶了他的妻子；若瑟雖然沒認識她，她就生了一個兒子，給衪起名叫耶穌。
(The Nativity of the Lord – Wednesday at Cave Chapel of Shepherds’ Field, Bethlehem)
A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew 1:18-25
Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the holy Spirit. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means “God is with us.” When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home. He had no relations with her until she bore a son, and he named him Jesus.
—The Gospel of the Lord.