Merry Christmas!

Adoration of the Shepherds by Gerard van Honthorst

On this Christmas Day, we remember and celebrate the joyous story of Jesus’ birth and the beginning of our redemption.  May today and every day be a time of confident faith, spiritual joy and lasting peace for you and your families and a time when in our own lives earth truly does meet heaven.

Proclamation of the Birth of the Savior

The Twenty-fifth Day of December,

When ages beyond number had run their course
      from the creation of the world,

When God in the beginning created heaven and earth,
     and formed man in his own likeness;

When century upon century had passed
     since the Almighty set his bow in the clouds after the Great Flood,
     as a sign of covenant and peace;

In the twenty-first century since Abraham, our father in faith,
     came out of Ur of the Chaldees;

In the thirteenth century since the People of Israel were led by Moses
     in the Exodus from Egypt;

Around the thousandth year since David was anointed King;

In the sixty-fifth week of the prophecy of Daniel;

In the one hundred and ninety-fourth Olympiad;

In the year seven hundred and fifty-two
     since the foundation of the City of Rome;

In the forty-second year of the reign of Caesar Octavian Augustus,
     the whole world being at peace,

JESUS CHRIST, eternal God and Son of the eternal Father,
     desiring to consecrate the world by his most loving presence,
     was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
     and when nine months had passed since his conception,
     was born of the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem of Judah,
     and was made man:

The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh.

From the Roman Martyrology

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