24 December 2017

From the Roman Martyrology for Today

In the Traditional Breviary Office, still used by Traditional Institutes such as the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter, the Martyrology is read at Prime, the third Office of the day in the early morning. The Martyrology is always 'anticipated', i.e. read the day before the Feasts mentioned in the reading. Usually, it is just one or two lines about a Saint or Mystery, but today's reading begins with a longer section. Even if I don't say Prime, I always read this. When my children were still at home, I read this as an introduction to Grace before the Christmas Feast meal.

So, this morning, this will be read by Priests and laymen round the world, in great anticipation of the joy of the Mass at Night.

December 25th anno Domini 2017 The 7th Day of Moon 
In the year 5199th from the creation of the world, when in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, in the year 2959th from the flood, in the year 2015th from the birth of Abraham, in the year 1510th from the going forth of the people of Israel out of Egypt under Moses, in the year 1032th from the anointing of David as King, in the 65th week according to the prophecy of Daniel, in the 194th Olympiad, in the 752nd from the foundation of the city of Rome, in the 42nd year of the reign of the Emperor Octavian Augustus, in the 6th age of the world, while the whole earth was at peace, Jesus Christ, Himself Eternal God and Son of the Eternal Father, being pleased to hallow the world by His most gracious coming, having been conceived of the Holy Ghost, and when nine months were passed after His conception, (all kneel down) was born of the Virgin Mary at Bethlehem of Juda made Man, Our Lord Jesus Christ was born according to the flesh. 

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