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Epiphany: Astrologers come to worship

Matthew 12, verses 1-16

[1] Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
[2] Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
[3] When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
[4] And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.
[5] And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, [6] And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
[7] Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.
[8] And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.
[9] When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
[10] When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
[11] And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
[12] And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
[13] And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.
[14] When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:
[15] And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.
[16] Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.

Cross of Roses, Cross of Thorns

Tune: Scarborough Fair

We come to this place from near and far
    Cross of roses, cross of thorns
Like ancient astrologers following a star.
   That ever blooms scarlet since he was born.

We gift him a gift more precious than gold:
    Cross of roses, cross of thorns

The life of a prisoner, bought and sold.
    That ever blooms scarlet since he was born.

We gift him a scent rising up to the skies
    Cross of roses, cross of thorns

A  perfume to make the foolish men wise.
    That ever blooms scarlet since he was born.

We gift him the darkness locked in the tomb
    Cross of roses, cross of thorns

Let there be light – the command from  the throne.
    That ever blooms scarlet since he was born.

The shepherds bring lambs, bred but to die
    Cross of roses, cross of thorns

His life is a sacrifice come from on high.
    That ever blooms scarlet since he was born.

A world ruled by darkness, created by love
    Cross of roses, cross of thorns

Proclaiming new earth and new heaven above.
    That ever blooms scarlet since he was born.

So now we shall travel, making our way
    Cross of roses, cross of thorns

Under the star turning night into day.
    That ever blooms scarlet since he was born.

I set the journey of the Magi in present times in my story, Witnesses to Glory (click the link below to buy the Kindle edition of the book).


Links to the Magi in online version of Witnesses to Glory

♠ Balthazer

♦ Melchior

♣ Caspar

Magi (/ˈm/Latin plural of magusAncient Greek: μάγος magosOld Persian:  magušPersian: مُغ‎ moghEnglish singular magian,magemagusmagusianmagusaeanKurdishmanji) is a term, used since at least the 6th century BC, to denote followers of Zurvanism orZoroaster. The earliest known usage of the word Magi is in the trilingual inscription written by Darius the Great, known as the Behistun Inscription.

Starting later, presumably during the Hellenistic period, the word Magi also denotes followers of what the Hellenistic chroniclers incorrectly associated Zoroaster with, which was – in the main – the ability to read the stars, and manipulate the fate that the stars foretold. However, Old Persian texts, pre-dating the Hellenistic period, refer to a Magus as a Zurvanic, and presumably Zoroastrian, priest.

Pervasive throughout the Eastern Mediterranean and Western Asia until late antiquity and beyond, mágos, “Magian” or “magician,” was influenced by (and eventually displaced) Greek goēs (γόης), the older word for a practitioner of magic, to include astrology, alchemy and other forms of esoteric knowledge. This association was in turn the product of the Hellenistic fascination for (Pseudo-)Zoroaster, who was perceived by the Greeks to be the “Chaldean” “founder” of the Magi and “inventor” of both astrology and magic.



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