Friday May 25, 2018
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The Diocese of Yakima Pastoral Center will be closed Wednesday, December 24, for a staff retreat led by Bishop Joseph Tyson, and will remain closed December 25 for the Christmas Holiday. Normal office hours resume Friday, December 26.  Please note that most offices of Catholic Family & Child Service, Catholic Charities Housing Services, and the Carroll Children's Center will close at 3 p.m. December 24, reopening December 26.  Bishop Joseph Tyson and Bishop Emeritus Carlos A. Sevilla, S.J. wish you all a very Merry Christmas.  

The following Christmas Proclamation, chanted or recited in the Church's Liturgy of the Hours on December 24, is also chanted or recited in many parish churches during the Christmas Mass at Night:

The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ

The Twenty-fifth Day of December,

when ages beyond number had run their course from the creation of the world,

when God in the beginning created heaven and earth, and formed man in his own likeness;

when century upon century had passed since the Almighty set his bow in the clouds after the Great Flood, as a sign of covenant and peace;

in the twenty-first century since Abraham, our father in faith, came out of Ur of the Chaldees;

in the thirteenth century since the People of Israel were led by Moses in the Exodus from Egypt;

around the thousandth year since David was anointed King; in the sixty-fifth week of the prophecy of Daniel;

in the one hundred and ninety-fourth Olympiad;

in the year seven hundred and fifty-two since the foundation of the City of Rome;

in the forty-second year of the reign of Caesar Octavian Augustus, the whole world being at peace,

JESUS CHRIST, eternal God and Son of the eternal Father, desiring to consecrate the world by his most loving presence, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and when nine months had passed since his conception,
was born of the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem of Judah, and was made man:

The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh.

(The oil painting The Adoration of the Shepherds was painted between 1500 and 1535 by the Italian painter and architect Bartolomeo Suardi, best known as Bramantino. It belongs to the art collection Rijksmuseum Amsterdam).