WHEN DID THE THIRD MILLENNIUM
OF OUR LORD BEGIN?
FIRST YEAR OF OUR LORD
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.
six hundred thirteen years BEFORE CHRIST
A.D. 2008Anno Domini
(“In the year of the Lord”) two thousand eight