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Proclamation of Christmas

24 December 2009

Some billions of years having passed since the creation of the world, when, in the beginning God created heaven and earth,
Some thousands of years from the salvation of mankind when the family of Noah survived the flood,
Nineteen centuries after the promise was given to Abraham, the father of our faith,
Seventy generations after Moses brought the children of Israel out of bondage in Egypt,
A thousand years from the anointing of David as King over the chosen people,
in fulfillment of the times and years and months and days discerned by the vision of the Prophets—

In the course of secular history, in the one hundred and ninety-third Olympiad,
Seven and one half centuries from the founding of the City of Rome,
In the forty-second year of the reign of the Emperor Octavian Augustus, while the whole world enjoyed a span of peace,
In this sixth and final age of human achievement—

Jesus Christ, eternal God and Son of the eternal Father,
wishing to consecrate the whole world and all time by His blessed presence,
conceived as man by the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit,
after nine months of growth in the womb of His mother,
was born of the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem of Judah,
and for our salvation became Man.

Now in our own time this marks the Nativity of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, after the manner of all flesh.

Adapted from the Roman Martyrology, by Full Homely Divinity.

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