Saturday 7 January 2012

Epiphany Proclamation 2012

While a day like Christmas is fixed in our minds and on the calendars on December 25th, many of the important feasts of the Church year move, based upon the date that Easter is set. Easter changes each year moving to the Sunday after the "Paschal Full Moon," and can fall between March 22 and April 25.
In ancient times before calendars were common, most people did not know the dates for the upcoming Liturgical year. On Epiphany Sunday, the upcoming dates were "proclaimed" after the gospel in this way:

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 seasonslet 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 Fifth day of April
and the evening of the Seventh day of April,
Easter Sunday being on the Eighth day of April.

Each Easter -- as on each Sunday --the Holy Church makes present the great and saving deedby 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 the Twenty-Second day of February.
The Ascension of the Lord will be commemorated on the Seventeenth day of May.
Pentecost, joyful conclusion of the season of Easter,
will be celebrated on the Twenty-Seventh day of May.
And, this year the First Sunday of Advent will be
on the Second day of December.
Likewise the pilgrim Church proclaims the passover of Christin 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.

 Light of the world,
You have come into my life; you are here for me in my poverty.
I am dazzled by the gifts you bring to me on this day:
“Your light is strong, your love is near.”

Truly you have drawn me far beyond the limits of the world,
and into the limit-less boundaries of your dizzying love.

My gifts are small, and often filled with fear.
They are my trust and my hope.
Please accept them and heal me
and let me be free enough to rejoice
that you are the Beloved Son
and that you have come for me.
May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.

Source: Creighton University Online Minisitries

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