The Church has a formal way of announcing that Christmas has arrived. The Christmas proclamation was traditionally read at the beginning of midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. It reads as follows: “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-twosince 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.”

This ancient proclamation reminds us of what we celebrate this week: Jesus was born at Christmas and so God chose to enter our lives. May this celebration of Christmas give you joy and peace as you encounter God Who has come to live among us!

-Fr. Thuerauf