29 December 2007

Proclamation of the Date of Easter on The Epiphany

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 20th of March (Date of Holy Thursday) and the evening of the 23rd of March. (Date of Easter Sunday)

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

From Easter are reckoned all the days we keep holy. Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, will occur on 6th of February.

The Ascension of the Lord will be commemorated on the 4th of May. (Ascension Sunday)

Pentecost, the joyful conclusion of the season of Easter, will be celebrated on the 11th of May.

And this year the First Sunday of Advent will be on the 30th of November.

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, for ever and ever.

R. Amen.

There are several ways in which the Proclamation may be pronounced:
It can be sung a cappella, or recited by a deacon, cantor, or reader at the ambo
either after the homily or after the Post Communion Prayer.

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