Servant Christ, Help us to follow you on the road to Jerusalem, to set our faces firmly against friendly suggestions for a safe, expedient life; to embrace boldly the way of self-offering, The way of life given for other’s gain.
Litany of the Disciples of Christ the Servant Andhra Theological College, India
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.