Sunday, December 28, 2008

"The Child of Bethlehem"

Lest anyone missed it, CNN's compiled a winning montage of music, video and homily-clips (with Great One translation) from B16's Midnight Mass:

On another note, this year's changes to the liturgy saw it moved outside the Main Event, but a longtime favorite 'round these parts is the chanting of the Kalenda -- the formal, oft-neglected "Christmas Proclamation" whose magic tends to get lost in translation (at least, in the settings out there for its rendering in English).

Year after year, out comes the papal chapel's workhorse cantor -- an amice-clad layman... the only guy in creation who could pull off the epic chronicle of Salvation's arrival so masterfully... and, year after year, without fail, hits nothin' but pure bullseye.

For the unfamiliar who'd like to catch it, footage of the moment from last year's Mass is available... just in two parts: click this one and fast-forward it to the 9:00 mark, then hit this one for the second half.

Sure, it'll take some clicking around, but you might just find it worth your while....
Today, the twenty-fifth day of December[, the 27th Moon],
unknown ages from the time when God created the heavens and the earth
and then formed man and woman in his own image.

Several thousand years after the flood,
when God made the rainbow shine forth as a sign of the covenant.
Twenty-one centuries from the time of Abraham and Sarah;
thirteen centuries after Moses led the people of Israel out of Egypt.

Eleven hundred years from the time of Ruth and the Judges;
one thousand years from 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;
the seven hundred and fifty-second year from the foundation of the city of Rome.

The forty-second year of the reign of Octavian Augustus;
the whole world being at peace,
Jesus Christ, eternal God and Son of the eternal Father,
desiring to sanctify the world by his most merciful coming,
being conceived by the Holy Spirit,
and nine months having passed since his conception,
was born in Bethlehem of Judea of the Virgin Mary.

The nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh.