Merry Christmas!

Proclamation of the Birth of Christ

Today, the twenty-fifth day of December, unknown ages from the time when God created the heavens and the earth and then formed man and woman in his own image.

Several thousand years after the flood, when God made the rainbow shine forth as a sign of the covenant.

Twenty-one centuries from the time of Abraham and Sarah; thirteen centuries after Moses led the people of Israel out of Egypt.

Eleven hundred years from the time of Ruth and the Judges; one thousand years from the anointing of David as king; in the sixty-fifth week according to the prophecy of Daniel.

In the one hundred and ninety-fourth Olympiad;   the seven hundred and fifty-second year from the foundation of the city of Rome.

The forty-second year of the reign of Octavian Augustus; the whole world being at peace, Jesus Christ, eternal God and Son of the eternal Father, desiring to sanctify the world by his most merciful coming, being conceived by the Holy Spirit, and nine months having passed since his conception, was born in Bethlehem of Judea of the Virgin Mary.

Today is the nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh.

  • S. Murphy

    Merry Christmas, Mark, to you abd all your family

  • James H, London

    And there was great rejoicing!

    Merry Christmas, Sheas!

  • Hans-Georg Lundahl

    “unknown ages from the time when God created the heavens and the earth and then formed man and woman in his own image”

    Roman Martyrology has year 5199 … (and 2957 after the Flood)

    Merry Christmas!

    • BillyT92679

      Mark used the proclamation as stated in the OF.

      • WesleyD

        The revision is actually more recent than that: it first appeared in a USCCB text published in 1994. Perhaps only in the USA are there two different versions?

        An argument in favor of the new version can be found here, and an argument in favor of the new version can be found here. Silly me — I like them both.

  • Eve Fisher

    Merry Christmas! And thank you for sharing the beautiful icon!
    “Unto us a Son is born, unto us a Child is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulders. And His name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, the Almighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

  • T. J. P. W.

    Our pastor discussed and displayed that same icon at midnight mass! Merry Christmas, Mark!

  • tj.nelson

    Merry Christmas Mark! Thanks for all you do. God bless you and your family.


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