Epiphany Proclamation 2012

Happy Feast of the Epiphany! In my parish ministry, I always read the Epiphany Proclamation at our services on this day. It’s old fashioned, to be sure, but it nicely sets out the year to come. Since I’m not in a parish, I’ll post it here on 7WD and read it to my dogs.

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 fifth day of April and the evening of the seventh 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 twenty-second day of February. The Ascension of the Lord will be commemorated on the seventeenth day of May. Pentecost, the 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 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.

The initial letter D dates from the fifteenth century and can be found here.

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