Sunday, January 6, 2013


Resurrection- Dr. He Qi
Announcement of Easter and the Moveable Feasts on EPIPHANY

At the end of the Mass of the Epiphany, before the last Blessing, Mother Prioress sings in Latin, in a very haunting and lovely tone, the ancient proclamation of the date of Easter and the other moveable feasts. This tradition dates from a time when calendars were not readily available, so it was necessary to make known the date of Easter in advance, since many celebrations of the liturgical year depend on its date.The number of Sundays that follow Epiphany, the date of Ash Wednesday, and the number of Sundays that follow Pentecost are all computed in relation to Easter.

Although calendars now give the date of Easter and the other feasts in the liturgical year for many years in advance, the Epiphany proclamation still has value.It is a reminder of the centrality of the Resurrection of the Lord in the liturgical year and the importance of the great mysteries of faith which are celebrated each year.

Each year the proper dates for Ash Wednesday, Easter, Ascension,  Trinity Sunday, Pentecost, Corpus Christi, Christ the King, and the First Sunday of Advent must be inserted into the text.

Resurrection- Cheryl Ward
For the year 2013 the following are the dates:

Know, dear brethren  that, as we have rejoiced at the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, so by leave of God's mercy we announce to you also the joy of His Resurrection, who is our Savior.

On the thirteenth day of February will fall Ash Wednesday,
and the beginning of the fast of the most sacred Lenten season.

On the thirty-first day of March you will celebrate with joy Easter Day, the Paschal feast of our Lord Jesus Christ.

On the ninth day of May will be the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ.

On the twelfth day of May will be the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ.

On the nineteenth day of May, the feast of Pentecost.

On the second day of June, the feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.

On the first day of December, the First Sunday of the Advent of our Lord Jesus Christ,
to whom is honor and glory for ever and ever.

Epiphany- Sadao Watanabe- Japan

Again, while celebrating Christ's birth, the Holy Family, His baptism, the Epiphany, and other feasts at this time, the Church asks us to keep in mind what is to come in His Passion and death and Resurrection.

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