A Proclamation

The twenty-fifth day of December.

In the five thousand one hundred and ninety-ninth year of the creation of the world from the time when God in the beginning created the heavens and the earth;

the two thousand nine hundred and fifty-seventh year after the flood;

the two thousand and fifteenth year from the birth of Abraham;

the one thousand five hundred and tenth year from Moses and the going forth of the people of Israel from Egypt;

the one thousand and thirty-second year from David’s being anointed 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,

in the sixth age of the world,

Jesus Christ the 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, being made flesh.

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.


  1. Mmmmm………………where do the dinosaurs fit in this timeline?

    They must’ve been killed in the flood?

    “To the Lord. a day is 1000 years, and 1000 years a day.” 😉

  2. There is a slightly more “updated” version of the Christmas Proclamation offered by the USCCB:

    “Today, the twenty-fifth day of December,
    untold ages from the time when God created the heavens and the earth and created 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….”

    (the remainder of the text is the same as the traditional version).

    Still no mention of dinosaurs or of the asteroid that allegedly killed them off thought 🙂

  3. Carefull with those dates! We don’t want to upset certain people who believe in theistic evolution or old earth creationism!

  4. I’ve always kind of wondered why people care so much about those dates…6 billion years, 6,000 years; big deal. Its not like anyone we know was around even 200 years ago…

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