Friday, 15 December 2017

Advent, door fifteen...

Today's door contains something really special, something you'll be lucky to hear these days but something magical, traditionally recited or intoned on Christmas Eve as part of Roman Catholic liturgy.

It's the Chronicle of Christ's Nativity, or the Kalenda Proclamation, a non-too historically accurate attempt to put Christ's birth in some sort of historical (and especially Biblical) context. It's pretty hopeless as a chronology. But it contains a poetry, a spirituality, that makes up for any lack of authenticity.

As Scott says to Ransom Stoddard in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, 'When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.'

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