Friday, 21 December 2007
Borrowed from my friend Larry in Rome who lives near the Old Appian Road. These calculations are intriguing on how we came about having a date for Xmas, thanks to all those people in the Vatican or at St-John Lateran who thought this up.
The Proclamation of Christmas from the Roman Martyrology.
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, Imperator;
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.
Saturday, 1 December 2007
I have been living in Rome for 4 months now. Life is pretty good, cannot complain. Had a wonderful bottle of Sauvignon blanc Vulcaia 2005 from the Veneto tonite at my favorite wine bar Trimani on Via Goito. This was after an evening at the opera.
What a nice city to live in. I am not complaining.