A Proclamation


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.






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  1. Thanks Don. Hoping you and your family have a very Blessed and Joyful Christmas and great success with The American Catholic in 2016.

  2. 5199 yrs. – after Creation
    2957 yrs. – after the flood
    2015 yrs. – after Abraham was born
    1510 yrs. – after Moses and the people left Egypt
    1032 yrs. – after David became King
    (in the 65th week of Daniel’s prophecy)
    (in the 194th Olympiad)
    752 yrs.. – after city of Rome was founded
    (in the 42nd yr. of Octavian Augustus’ reign)
    Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem of Judea.
    (in the sixth age of the world when it was at peace )
    And 2015 years later, He is still desiring to sanctify the increasingly contentious world.
    What patience and love; depth and fullness!
    ‘Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.’

  3. The previous, silent, version of Ben Hur (quite the spectacle!) with Ramone Navarro has a wonderful, colorized scene of the Virgin Mary and Christ Child. It is very sweet and the sudden unexpected color is quite striking.

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