The Adoration of the Magi

English Language Study for Russian Orthodox Learners

The Adoration of the Magi*

the three MagiWhen our Lord was born in Bethlehem, three wise men from the East came to Jerusalem and asked where to see Him.  “Where is He Who has been born king of the Jews?  For we have seen His star in the East, and have come to worship Him.” (Matthew 2:2)

When King Herod heard this, he became very troubled.  He gathered all the chief priests (первосвященники) and scribes (книжники) and asked them where Christ was born.  They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it is written by the prophet.” (2:5)  Herod decided to kill the Holy Child because he feared that Christ would later take his throne from him.  The king ordered the wise men to find the Christ Child and bring him the news so (чтобы) he too could come and worship Him.  

The magi left.  The star that was in the East led the way.  When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy; and going into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother, and they fell down and worshiped Him.  Then, opening their treasures, they offered Him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. (2:10-11)

The magi were warned in a dream not to go back to Hеrod.  They chose a different way to return to their country.

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*  magi [′meidʒai] – множественное число от существительного magus (волхв)