Sunday, January 08, 2006

Epiphany proclaimation of moveable feasts

Sure, we all have calendars now (although now that I mention it, I don't have one for 2006, which is ironic since a calendar is my traditional gift to family members) and can find out, at a glance, when Easter falls this year. Still, many parishes retain the custom of proclaiming the date of Easter on Epiphany Sunday.

This is a good thing. The proclamation reminds us that Jesus' Resurrection is the center of our Faith. If you didn't hear the proclaimation today, here it is (try to imagine it chanted):

Dear brothers and sisters,

The glory of the Lord has shone upon us, and shall ever be manifest among us, until the day of His return. Through the rhythms of times and seasons let us celebrate the mysteries of salvation.

Let us recall the year's culmination, the Easter Triduum of the Lord: His last supper, His crucifixion, His burial, and His rising, celebrated between the evening of the thirteenth of April and the evening of the sixteenth of April.

Each Easter — as on each Sunday — the Holy Church makes present the great and saving deed by which Christ has forever conquered sin and death.

From Easter are reckoned all the days we keep holy. Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, will occur on the first of March. The Ascension of the Lord will be commemorated on the twenty-fifth (or twenty-eighth) or May. Pentecost, the joyful conclusion of the season of Easter, will be celebrated on the fourth of June. And this year the First Sunday of Advent will be on the third of December.

Likewise the pilgrim Church proclaims the passover of Christ in the feasts of the holy Mother of God, in the feasts of the Apostles and Saints, and in the commemoration of the faithful departed.

To Jesus Christ, Who was, Who is, and Who is to come, Lord of time and history, be endless praise forever and ever.