All the World At Peace – The Christmas Proclamation
The New – The Social Media Nativity
The Old: The Christmas Proclamation
This is one my favorite rituals of the Christmas season. There are several version of this proclamation. Fr. Felix Just, SJ, PhD presents a good summary. The following is a translation from the version used by the Vatican in 2009.
Eight days before the Kalends of January, fifteenth of the lunar month.
Innumerable ages having passed since the creation of the world, when in the beginning God created heaven and earth and formed mankind after his own image;
Many centuries after the flood, when the Most High placed his rainbow in the heavens as a sign of peace and of the covenant;
Twenty-one centuries after the going forth of Abraham, our father in faith, from Ur of the Chaldees;
Thirteen centuries from the exodus of the people of Israel out of Egypt, led by Moses;
About 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;
in the year seven hundred and fifty-two from the founding of the city of Rome;
in the forty-second year of the rule of Caesar Octavian Augustus;
when the whole world was at peace:
Jesus Christ, eternal God and Son of the eternal Father, being pleased to hallow the world by His most gracious coming, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit, and nine months having passed since His conception, having become Man, was born at Bethlehem in Judah of the Virgin Mary.
THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO THE FLESH.