Usually, I post the Epiphany Proclamation on the feast day, but each year for the last few years, people said they wished they’d seen it earlier. So here’s an experiment. I’m posting this year’s version of the proclamation early. Perhaps you’ll use it in your Epiphany services or share it in your parish communication. If you want to use it in the liturgy, it could be included as part of the notices in any of the places these are permitted; you might also print it on the leaflet. You could even pass it out with blessed chalk. Happy (almost) Epiphany!
ear friends in Christ, 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 second day of April and the evening of the fourth day of April.
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 the eighteenth day of February. The Ascension of the Lord will be commemorated on the fourteenth day of May. Pentecost, the joyful conclusion of the season of Easter, will be celebrated on the twenty-fourth day of May. And, this year the First Sunday of Advent will be on the twenty-ninth day 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. Amen.