December 28, 2006

Where is this monk?

A visitor has asked that question.

My monastery is in the city of Oceanside, in the County of San Diego. Until the end of this coming April I am living and helping at St. Therese Catholic Church in the city of San Diego.


In the new A.D. (ANNO DOMINI, "In the Year of the Lord")

Even though we don't know the exact historical date of the birth of the Lord Jesus, we count the years as if we did.

So in a few days we are going to begin the Year of Our Lord 2007.

The correct use of "A.D." is to place it BEFORE the number of the year, as in: A.D. 2007.

The CORRECT placement thus gives: "in the year of the Lord 2007".

If you do it incorrectly and backwards, as in "2007 A.D." the effect is literally "2007 in the year of the Lord"-- which is nonsense.

By contrast, the use of "B.C." ("Before Christ") requires that you place the "B.C." AFTER the number of the year, as in: 1000 B.C.-- meaning "1000 (years) before Christ."

Since we are theoretically counting the years since the birth of Christ, then why doesn't the year begin with December 25, the day we celebrate his birthday?

After all, the calendar as we've used it for centuries was promulgated by one of the popes.

Here's how I see it.

We designate December 25 as the birthay of Christ.

However, we liturgically celebrate his birthday as an octave-- an observance of eight days.

So, liturgically speaking, the final "moment" of the birthday of Christ is January 1-- and that's when we begin counting the new "Year of the Lord."


December 25, 2006

URBI ET ORBI (To the City and to the World) Message of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI

CHRISTMAS 2006

Click HERE for it.

December 24, 2006

On the Twenty-Fifth Day of December

Countless ages after the creation of the world,
when, in the beginning, God created heaven and earth,
and fashioned the human race in his own image

many ages after God Most High had placed the rainbow in the clouds
as a pledge and sign of peace after the Flood

two thousand and one hundred years after Abraham, our father in faith,
migrated out of Ur of the Chaldeans

one thousand and three hundred years after Moses led the people of Israel out of Egypt

about a thousand years after 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

seven hundred and fifty two years after the founding of the city of Rome

in the forty-second year of the reign of Caesar Octavian Augustus

all the world being at peace


JESUS CHRIST,
ETERNAL GOD AND SON OF THE ETERNAL FATHER,
WISHING TO CONSECRATE THE WORLD BY HIS MERCIFUL COMING,
WAS CONCEIVED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT,
AND, AFTER NINE MONTHS HAD PASSED,
WAS BORN OF THE VIRGIN MARY, AND BECAME MAN.

THIS IS THE BIRTH-CELEBRATION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO THE FLESH.