In the 5199th year of the creation of the world, form the time when God in the beginning created the heaven and earth; the 2957th year after the flood; the 2015th year from the birth of Abraham; the 1510th year from Moses, and the going forth of the people of Israel into Egypt; the 1032nd year from the anointing of David King; in the 65th week according to the prophecy of Daniel; in the 194th Olympiad; the 752nd year from the foundation of the City of Rome; the 42nd year of the rule of Octavian Augustus, all the earth being at peace, Jesus Christ, the Eternal God, and the Son of the Eternal Father, desirous to sanctify the world by his most merciful coming, being conceived of the Holy Spirit, nine months after his conception,
was born in Bethlehem of Juda, made Man of the Virgin Mary.
The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ according to the Flesh.
On the same day, the birthday of St Anastasia, who in the reign of Diocletian first of all suffered hard and cruel imprisonment at the hands of her husband Publius, during which, however, she was much consoled by Chrysogonus, a confessor of Christ. Then she was enfeebled by lengthy detention by Florus, prefect of Illyria, and at last was bound to takes with her hands and feet stretched out and fire kindled about her. Thus she achieved her martyrdom in the island of Palmaria, to which she had been deported with 200 men and 70 women, who celebrated their martrdom by being slain in different ways.
At Barcelona in Spain, the birthday of St Peter Nolasco, Confessor, who founded the Order of our Lady of Ransom for the Redemption of Captives, and was renowned for his virtue and miracles. His festival is observed on January 28.
At Rome, in the cemetery of Apronianus, St Eugenia, Virgin, the daughter of blessed Philip, Martyr, who in the time of the Emperor Gallienus–after manifesting many signs of her virtue, and adding holy choirs of virgins to Christ–suffered long under Nicetius, prefect of the city, and was at last butchered by the sword.
At Nicomedia, the passion of many thousands of holy martyrs assembled for divine service on Christ’s birthday. The Emperor Diocletian ordered the doors of the church to be shut and fire to be prepared all around it, and a tripod of incense to be set before the door, and that a herald should cry in a loud voice that they who desired to escape the fire should come forth outside and offer incense to Jove. All with one voice declared that they would gladly die for Christ’s sake, and were consumed by the fire which had been kindled, and so merited to be born in heaven on that very day whereon Christ for the world’s salvation deigned to be born on earth.
And elsewhere many other holy martyrs, confessors and holy virgins.
℟ Thanks be to God.