Christmas Proclamation or “Kalenda”

This Christmas Eve was one of the rare occasions when I have had the chance to experience the singing of the Solemn Proclamation of the Birth of Christ from the Martyrologium Romanum. Before the procession into the church the priest sang from the entrance this rather spectacular proclamation. Of course in the night which has just ended the text was sung in German. Above is a melodically adventurous rendition of the Kalenda in English from St. George’s Cathedral, Southwark, as it was broadcast in 2011.

I am not aware whether the Anglo-Catholic tradition knows such a Proclamation and should be grateful for your comments.

We wish you all a very happy and holy Feast of the Incarnation of Our Lord. Merry Christmas!

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5 Responses to Christmas Proclamation or “Kalenda”

  1. Ben Sirach says:

    The Proclamation of the Saints at Prime (Or Lauds) is a daily celebration in this Group. We do not eat communally on a daily basis so tend to do it privately or together when possible at the celebration of the Divine Office. We use Latin for convenience.

  2. Portsmouth Ord says:

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  3. Scott says:

    We had the Christmas Proclamation at the Ordinariate Parish in Victoria, B.C.
    Music: Plainsong Mass – Missa Alme Pater, from the Burgess Kyriale.
    Offertory Motet – O Magnum Mysterium, Victoria.
    Communion Motet – There is no Rose, Joubert.

  4. Harry says:

    It was unknown to me until recently, 40 plus years in the Anglo-Catholic tradition, it seems like a Christmas parallel on the Exultet. I first heard it four years ago at my first Christmas after ‘crossing the Tiber’.

    • Rev22:17 says:


      You wrote: … it seems like a Christmas parallel on the Exultet.

      There’s clearly a parallel in the aspect that both proclaim the significance of the respective celebration, but there are two significant differences.

      >> 1. About midway through, the Exultet breaks into the same dialog that begins the anaphora (“eucharistic prayer”), excepting the omission of first invocation and response (“The Lord be with you.”/”And with your spirit.”) if sung by a lay cantor rather than the principal celebrant, and a prayer of blessing of the paschal candle. There is no prayer of blessing in the Christmas proclamation.

      >> 2. The Christmas proclamation is completely optional, whereas the Exultet is a defining, and thus essential, element of the Easter Vigil.

      There is also a difference of positioning: the Exultet follows the lighting and showing of the paschal candle, as a solemn blessing thereof, whereas the Christmas proclamation is right at the beginning of the mass.


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