Matthew 2.1-12 drama of Herod & Magi

Use this easy-to-present dramatised version of the Epiphany story to bring the characters to life.  The text is adapted from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible.

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The Epiphany Story   Matthew 2:1-12

Three Readers:  Storyteller, 1-3 Magi, Herod   (Consider having all three magi present, with one or two taking the reading parts.)

Storyteller:

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men* from the East came to Jerusalem, asking,

Magi:

‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising,* and have come to pay him homage.’

Storyteller:

When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him.  And calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, Herod inquired of them,

Herod:   Where will the Messiah* be born?

Magi:

‘In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:  “And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd* my people Israel.” ’

 

Storyteller:

Then Herod secretly called for the wise men* and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying,

Herod:

Go and search diligently for the child. When you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.

Storyteller:

When they had heard the king, they set out.  And there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising,* until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped,* they were overwhelmed with joy.  On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage.  Then, opening their treasure-chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.