The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary
by Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich
20. THE HOLY THREE KINGS GO TO BETHLEHEM. THEY REST BY A SPRING.
I saw the kings and their train moving southwards out of the city gate.
A crowd of people followed them as far as a brook outside the walls,
and then, turned back. After crossing the stream, the kings made a
short halt to look for their star. When they saw it they broke into
cries of joy, and went on their journey, singing their sweet songs. The
star did not lead them by the direct road to Bethlehem, but by a
westerly detour. They passed by a little town I know well, and towards
midday I saw them stop in a pleasant place near a little village behind
the town. A spring of water burst forth before their eyes, at which
they were overjoyed. They dismounted and hollowed out a basin round the
spring, surrounding it with clean sand, stones, and turf. They stayed
several hours here, watering and feeding their beasts, and refreshing
themselves with food; for in Jerusalem they had been too disturbed and
anxious to rest. In later years I saw Our Lord stopping sometimes by
this spring with His disciples and teaching there.
The star, which at night shone like a ball of fire, now looked like the
moon in daylight. It was not a perfect round, but had as it were a
jagged edge; I often saw it hidden by clouds.
The direct road from Jerusalem to Bethlehem was full of travelers with
donkeys and baggage, probably returning home from Bethlehem after the
taxation, or going to the market or the Temple in Jerusalem. The way
taken by the kings was very quiet, and no doubt God led them by it so
that they should not cause too much sensation and should not arrive in
Bethlehem before the evening. When the sun was already low, I saw them
starting off again. They traveled in the same order as when they first
met. Mensor, the brownish one and the youngest, went first; then came
Seir, the dark-brown one; and then Theokeno, the white-skinned one and