January 5, 2014

Epiphany Proclamation

In the era before calendars, the dates of holy days for the new year were always proclaimed at Mass on Epiphany.  The custom continues, even though we know the dates years in advance:

Know, brothers and sisters,
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 Fifth day of March will fall Ash Wednesday,
and the beginning of the fast of the most sacred Lenten season.

On the Twentieth day of April you will celebrate with Joy Easter Day, the Paschal feast of our Lord Jesus Christ.

On the Twenty-Ninth day of May will be the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

On the Eighth day of June the feast of Pentecost.

On the Twenty-Second day of June, the feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.

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


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