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Interrupting the Silence

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. The proclamation below contains a few changes, clarifications, I made based on the different translations.

The Proclamation of the Birth of Christ

Throughout the season of Advent, the Church has reflected on God’s promises, so often spoken by the prophets, to send a savior to the people of Israel who would be Emmanuel, that is, God with…

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