The Christmas Proclamation (a traditional version)
* The twenty-fifth day of December.
* In the five thousand one hundred and ninety-ninth year of the creation of the world
from the time when God in the beginning created the heavens and the earth;
* the two thousand nine hundred and fifty-seventh year after the flood;
* the two thousand and fifteenth year from the birth of Abraham;
* the one thousand five hundred and tenth year from Moses
and the going forth of the people of Israel from Egypt;
* the one thousand and thirty-second year from David’s being anointed king;
* in the sixty-fifth week according to the prophecy of Daniel;
* in the one hundred and ninety-fourth Olympiad;
* the seven hundred and fifty-second year from the foundation of the city of Rome;
* the forty second year of the reign of Octavian Augustus;
* the whole world being at peace,
* in the sixth age of the world,
* Jesus Christ the eternal God and Son of the eternal Father,
desiring to sanctify the world by his most merciful coming,
being conceived by the Holy Spirit,
and nine months having passed since his conception,
* was born in Bethlehem of Judea of the Virgin Mary,
being made flesh.
* The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh.
Entrance Antiphon: Psalm 2:7 (Mass during the night)
The Lord said to me:
You are My Son.
It is I who have begotten You this day.
Let us all rejoice in the Lord,
for our Savior has been born in the world.
Today true peace has come down to us from Heaven.
Collect: (Mass during the night)
O God, who have made this most sacred night
radiant with the splendor of the true light,
grant, we pray, that we, who have known the mysteries of His light on earth,
may also delight in His gladness in Heaven.
Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Readings (Mass during the night):
Isaiah 9:1-6 (the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light)
Psalm 96:1-3, 11-13 “Today is born our Savior, Christ, the Lord”
Titus 2:11-14 (God’s grace trains us to reject sin while we anticipate Jesus’ Second Coming)
+ Luke 2:1-14 (the nativity and announcement to the shepherds)
We pass from darkness
under the guidance
of the Child
this Holy Night.
He doesn’t lead
by words, decrees,
but by profound humility,
He’s not disturbed
by cold or stench,
by taxes or authorities.
The terrors of the night
don’t frighten Him.
He is His Father’s Son.
And they are one.
That’s all He needs.
He is secure.
And He would have us
to share this holy peace.
Dear little Jesus, only in You do I find peace.
Enlighten my mind to know You;
enkindle my heart to love You,
that I may serve You devoutly here in this life
and come to be happy with You forever in the next. Amen.