Restored by the Holy Father – Proclamation of Christmas.

We have become used to the Proclamation of Easter, but I was thrilled that the Holy Father has restored the Proclamation of Christmas this year with the chanting of the ‘Kalenda’; the proclamation of the birth of Christ.

This traditional translation of the Proclamation of the Birth of Christ comes from the Roman Martyrology, the official listing of the saints celebrated by the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church. For centuries, it was read on Christmas Eve, before the celebration of Midnight Mass.


Today, the twenty–fifth day of December, unknown ages from the time when God created the heavens and the earth and then formed man and woman in his own image.

Several thousand years after the flood, when God made the rainbow shine forth as a sign of the covenant. Twenty–one centuries from the time of Abraham and Sarah; thirteen centuries after Moses led the people of Israel out of Egypt. Eleven hundred years from the time of Ruth and the Judges; one thousand years from the anointing of David as 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, Jesus Christ, 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. Today is the nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh.

(See video below)

About Gertrude

Sáncte Míchael Archángele, defénde nos in proélio, cóntra nequítiam et insídias diáboli ésto præsídium.
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4 Responses to Restored by the Holy Father – Proclamation of Christmas.

  1. GC says:

    Since the video above seems not to be working, here is the proclamation of Christmas last year at Midnight Mass at St Peter’s.


  2. Jim says:

    That is beautiful. Do you know where I can obtain a copy of the music? Gregorian Chant notation would be my preference. Thank you!


  3. GC says:

    Here’s a Latin score, Jim:

    Click to access kalenda2009.pdf

    There are English versions also:


  4. Jim McNulty says:

    Thank you!

    Sent from my iPhone



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