The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ


In the 5199th year of the creation of the world,

from the time when God in the beginning created the heaven and the earth;

the 2957th year after the flood;

the 2015th year from the birth of Abraham;

the 1510th year from Moses, and the going forth of the people of Israel from Egypt;

the 1032nd year from the anointing of David King;

in the 65th week according to the prophecy of Daniel;

in the 194th Olympiad;

the 752nd year from the foundation of the City of Rome;

the 42nd year of the rule of Octavian Augustus, all the earth being at peace, Jesus Christ, the Eternal God, and the Son of the Eternal Father, desirous to sanctify the world by his most merciful coming, being conceived by the Holy Spirit, nine months after his conception was born in Bethlehem of Juda, made Man of the Virgin Mary.


Author: Christian Clay Columba Campbell

Christian Clay Columba Campbell is a Roman Catholic of the Anglican Use. As Senior Warden of the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Orlando, FL), he organized the process by which the parish accepted the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus, petitioning to join the Catholic Church. The Anglican Cathedral is now the Church of the Incarnation in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. He is also the CEO of Three Fish Consulting, LLC, an Information Technology consultancy based in Orlando, FL. He can be reached via email at ccampbell at threefish dot co.

7 thoughts on “The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ”

  1. Modern Biblical scholarship holds that the Lord Christ was born about Six to Four BC. Some years ago, I read a long essay in the Hillsdale College review by an astronomer who suggested that, according to the historical evidence, the Nativity took place in Two BC. I picked up my copy of Blair's classical chronology and worked out certain dates as given by the Martyrology entry. They translated out to that date of Two BC. There is a quirk here: the Martyrology assumes that Caesar Augustus came to power on the Ides of March, in direct succession to the Divine Julius. The Romans never made this assumption; Octavian finally attained power much later. Once this quirk is resolved, all the other classical dates fall into place. The Nativity took place in Two BC. "He brings light!" He frees us from Satan's pow'r and might! Alleluya! Amen!

  2. According to Fred Hoyle and astronomers at the Vatican, I think the first date would need to be followed by many more zeros to get us back to the Big Bang (estimated to be about 13.7 billion years ago).

    Regardless of the numbers, I still have Dr. Willan's sublime music from SMM, Toronto ringing in my ears:

    Hodie, Christus natus est.

    1. Forget about Fred Hoyle who may have coined the term "Big Bang" theory. Give credit where credit is due. The theory itself was the work of Belgian Jesuit Priest, astronomer, and physicist, Georges Lemaitre, who originated the theory with the less "catchy" name of the "primeval atom" or "cosmic egg exploding at the moment of creation." Einstein, who later fully embraced Lemaitre's theory, is famously remembered for his initial skeptical remark to Lemaitre, "Your math is correct, but your physics is abominable." I wonder why we don't hear or read more about Lemaitre. Oh, yeah, I forgot; he's Catholic!

    2. You are still attending an Anglican church? When can we look forward to an update on the reception of the Toronto Ordinariate Group? Last we heard it was to take place December 18.

      1. Individuals were received into full communion with Rome by the archbishop on Dec. 18 in Toronto with no reference to Anglican Use or Ordinariate at the Mass. There is no timetable or indication of how the Toronto Group may be constituted beyond the intention to continue to meet for Evensong and discussion on Sunday afternoons.

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