December 31, 2007

“Anno Domini MMVIII”—In the Year of the Lord 2008: the liturgical birthday of Jesus is the beginning of the year

Christmas?

Yes.

Pope Gregory XIII in A.D. 1582 introduced the calendar that the Western world uses.

December 25 is the first day of the Octave of Christmas, celebrating the birth of Jesus as a single, eight-day, liturgical solemnity.

With its final day, January 1, the octave of the birth of Jesus is complete, and the new “Year of the Lord” (the Lord Jesus Christ) begins.

To him be everlasting glory!



2 Comments:

Blogger Athanasius contra mundum said...

He is the Alpha and Omega. Its only fitting that the years should begin and end with His birth.

2:27 PM  
Blogger Rachel Gray said...

I never knew that, Father-- very cool!

10:22 PM  

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