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Evangelia, qua leguntur in diebus festis is per annum.
(Latin) Gospels that are read on feast days through the year
Translated into Potawatomi by Maurice Gailland, S.J.

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In Festo Epiphania D.N.J.C. [Domini Nostri Jesu Christi]
6 Januarii

On the Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ
January 6

Matth. II. v. 1-12.

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[1] Iwpi JESOS kapiënìkit Bethelemig Judeïg, mèkwa Herode èökumakokipinèn n[è]bwokadjig nenniwog Jerusalemig kipiyek wètapuk kiòtchipië'k,
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] kikétowogtchi: tinipè èït kupië'nikit Judainenniwog otokumawowa¯n? nigiwapamumin otinnukomin wètapug, iwotchi kapiëotchi chiäyak ewi ne[n]ëˆtauïket.
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] Herode tchi okuma enotakêt iw, kitchi sêkènitem, tchayekke Jerusalemig ètinissidjik sêkènitamowog.
When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
[4] Iwotchi kaotchi maötchiäuwat tchayek nakanisindjin pokettinikèönenniwog, one'pièkèönenniwogke, okininatitauwantchi: tenipi Christ watchi nikipet?
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] Okinaunwantchi: Bethelehemig Judeïg. iw si kampièkèwat kanikanikekennitamkokipineneg:
And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,
[6] kìn ke,

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Bethelehem, Juda otekkim, tchowi wossime pokètchi kitepetentakosissi, tchayek kitchi otanin, Juda otikkimig ètêkin, èch pitenitukwog; kinsi kápië'otchi pië' okuma keôkumakaniäuwat nin nitinnichinabèmug Israël.
And thou Bethlehem, in the landof 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] Iwotchi Herode kìmo°tch enido¯mat nebwokanidjin, apitchi kwiük tchi okinìnatotauwan: tenidji pi kawapimê¯g nnek?
Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.
[8] Otinnachkauwantchi Bethelehemig, iw ena¯t: matchíg, wewenike nitauwapimug Pinotchè; mikauwê¯gtchi, pië'witamochig; ninke nigúchiä ewi nemêkitauwog.
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] Ka[t]otimauwat tchi okuma¯n, kimatchig, nnuktchi, kawapimit wètapuk, nimúnikani¯chkè nnach pië'kotchin tipasi Pinotchè (JESOS) eyit:
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] èwapimauwat tchi nnúkon kitchitchiwenimog.
When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
[11] Patikèwat tchi ouikwamúg omikauwawan Pinotchèyin, okìyin ke Mariän; iwotchi

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èotchikonikapwetowauwat, ènemë^kitauwawatke JESOSsan; iwotchi èpokettinamoauwat omúkiko¯mowan ominauwantchi osauwi joniä, ipi tchag kego minomiäkotènig.
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] KijeMennito tchi okinan, mèkwa ènibauwat: kègo nimachiäkegòn Herode ètut. Iwotchi èchi kiwèwat, ètchi ototanowat, peka¯n miëwog kipimosèwakopin."
And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.


In the Potawatomi text, letters in brackets could not be read with certainty. Words added to the Latin name or the English translation are enclosed in brackets. The Jesuits constructed an elaborate orthography that utilized diacritical marks extensively. Occasionally, more than one such mark was associated with a single letter. In that event, the second diacritical mark follows the letter with which it is associated in the manuscript. Similarly, when the html symbol set does not include the letter/diacritical mark combination, the diacritical mark is inserted after the letter. In chapter 22, verse 18, /enemê¨kasoýe¯g/ demonstrates both of these situations.

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