Month: January 2018
While a day like Christmas is fixed in our minds and on the calendars on 25 December, many of the important feasts of the Church’s year move, based upon the date when Easter is set. Following the ancient Jewish lunar calendar, Easter changes each year moving to the Sunday after the Paschal Full Moon and can fall between 22 March and 25 April.
In ancient times before calendars were common, most people did not know the dates for the new Liturgical year. On Epiphany Sunday, the important dates in the Church’s calendar were proclaimed after the gospel in this way:
Dear brothers & 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 Twenty-ninth of March
and the evening of the Thirty-first of March,
Easter Sunday being on the First day of April.
Each Easter — as on each Sunday —
Holy Mother 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 Fourteenth Day of February.
The Ascension of the Lord will be commemorated on Thursday, the Tenth day of May.
Pentecost, joyful conclusion of the season of Easter,
will be celebrated on the Twentieth 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.
With thanks to Fr Desmond Bannister for reminding me of this tradition!