Tonight Is Born (Or Tonight We Commemorate)

“Many ages after God created the heavens and the earth, when man and woman were formed in God’s own image; long after the great flood when God set the rainbow in the clouds as a sign of the covenant.

Twenty-one centuries from the time of Abraham and Sarah; thirteen centuries after Moses led God’s people to freedom and Miriam danced in celebration; eleven centuries from the time of Ruth and the judges; a thousand years from the anointing of David as king; in fulfillment of the times and years and months and days discerned by the prophets; in the sixty-fifth week as Daniel’s prophecy takes note;

in the one hundred and ninety-fourth Olympiad;
the seven hundred and fifty-second year from
the founding of the city of Rome; the forty-second year of the reign of Octavian Augustus; in the sixth age of the world, all earth being at peace,

Jesus Christ, eternal God, Son of the eternal Father, willing to hallow the world, and desiring to reconcile the world to God by his most merciful coming, being conceived by the Holy Spirit and growing to term in the womb of his mother, was born of the virgin Mary in Bethlehem of Judea.

This night is the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, God made flesh!”

-Augsburg Fortress, edited.

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