The Proclamation of the Birth of Christ

Listen to these words from time out of mind, ” … when ages beyond number had run their course from the creation of the world”. The thrilling and exquisite Proclamation of the Birth of Christ from Father Mike in Texas …

Interrupting the Silence

Most years our Christmas liturgy at St. Philip’s begins with the processional hymn, O Come All Ye Faithful. Along the way the procession stops at the creche to place Jesus in the manger and offer prayers. This year we will first hear The Proclamation of the Birth of Christ and then begin the processional hymn.

The Christmas Proclamation as it is sometimes called comes from the Roman Martyrology. It is usually read on Christmas Eve before the Midnight Mass. The proclamation sets the birth of Jesus in relationship to events of the Old Testament as well as the Greek and Roman worlds. It is a way of dating Jesus’ birth different from modern dating systems. The National Catholic Register offers a helpful explanation of this method of dating. The introduction to the proclamation comes from the Diocese of Crookston. There are several versions and translations of the proclamation

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