Dean’s Letter: Epiphany Proclamation

Hello St. Paul’s,

An ancient tradition of the Church is for clergy to make the Epiphany Proclamation from the pulpit each year. In the days before standardized calendars or Google, this was how the faithful learned the dates of Ash Wednesday, Easter and Pentecost. So here is the Epiphany Proclamation for 2022.

Dear 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 Paschal Triduum of the Lord: his last supper, his crucifixion, his burial, and his rising celebrated between the evening of the fourteenth day of April and the night of the sixteenth 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 second day of March. The Ascension of the Lord will be commemorated on the twenty-sixth day of May. Pentecost, the joyful conclusion of the season of Easter, will be celebrated on the fifth day of June. And, this year the First Sunday of Advent will be on the twenty-seventh 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.

Your sister in Christ,

Penny

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