January 08, 2008

Year, Decade, Century, Millennium

WHEN DID THE THIRD MILLENNIUM
OF OUR LORD BEGIN?



FIRST YEAR OF OUR LORD
A.D. 1

FIRST DECADE [10 years] OF OUR LORD
A.D. 1 through A.D. 10

FIRST CENTURY [100 years] OF OUR LORD
A.D. 1 through A.D. 100

FIRST MILLENNIUM [1,000 years] OF OUR LORD
A.D. 1 through A.D. 1000

SECOND MILLENNIUM OF OUR LORD
A.D. 1001 through A.D. 2000

THIRD MILLENNIUM OF OUR LORD
A.D. 2001 through A.D. 3000

So, the third millennium of our Lord did not begin with January 1 A.D. 2000.

Rather, the third millennium began with January 1 A.D. 2001.

Accordingly, the Vatican’s published official calendar had the following:

DECEMBER 31, 2000
ST. PETER’S BASILICA
PRAYER VIGIL FOR THE
PASSAGE TO THE NEW MILLENNIUM

The Vatican marked the passage from the second millennium of our Lord to the third on the night between December 31, A.D. 2000, and January 1, A.D. 2001.

Remember! In A.D. 1582 Pope GREGORY XIII promulgated in the version of the calendar— the GREGORIAN [Papal!] calendar— that the Western world has been using ever since. It must be admitted that no one knows the precise date of Christ’s birth. Nonetheless, the Gregorian calendar is an attempt to count the passage of time since his birth. It’s what we have. It’s what we use. Yes, it’s papal. Don’t like that? It’s simply history. Get over it!

The official and logical first day of the third millennium of our Lord was
THE FIRST OF JANUARY A.D. 2001.

You may recall that the news media, the entertainment industry, and practically everybody in the world celebrated the millennial passage on the night of December 31 A.D. 1999 to January 1 A.D. 2000. They were all wrong.

By the way, the correct placement of “B.C.” is AFTER the number of the year, while that of “A.D.” is BEFORE the number of the year.

Examples

613 B.C.
six hundred thirteen years BEFORE CHRIST

A.D. 2008
Anno Domini (“In the year of the Lord”) two thousand eight


Me Monk.
Me Persnickety.


3 Comments:

Blogger Raphaela said...

Me historian.
Me appreciate persnickety monk. :)

7:52 AM  
Blogger Misty said...

Not if you count at 0 based.....the number may be the completion, not the beginning. So the 1st millenium was really 0-999 and the 2nd started at the next 0 which would be 1000.

Kind of like how old a person is....I've completed 33 years and am in my 34th year, but have not celebrated my 34th birthday.

Me computer programmer :p

3:54 PM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

There was no year zero.
No Zero B.C.
No A.D. Zero.

5:44 PM  

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