In the beginning was the Word and the Word was in the presence of God and God was the Word. In the beginning he was in the presence of God and without him not one thing came to be that has come to be. In him was life and this life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, his name John. He came for a witness, so as to bear witness concerning the light so that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but so that he might bear witness concerning the light. He was the true light that enlightens every man coming into the world. He was in the world and the world came to be through him and the world did not know him. He came to his own home and his own people did not receive him. As many as received him, he gave to them, to those who believe in his name, authority to become children of God, those who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of a man, but from God. And the Word became flesh and encamped among us and we have seen his glory, glory as of the Only-Begotten of the Father, full of Grace and Truth. John bears witness concerning him and has cried, saying, ‘This is he whom I said: “He who is coming after me has come to be ahead of me, for he was before me.” And we all have received from his fullness, even Grace in exchange for Grace. For the Law was given through Moses, Grace and Truth came to be through Jesus Christ.
(John 1, 1 – 17.)