The Epiphany Proclamation

Perhaps you had a deacon or priest chant the epiphany proclamation after the gospel reading at your parish this weekend. I hope so. It is a beautiful tradition. Before internet and plentiful calendars, folks went to Mass on Epiphany in a state of excitement to learn when Easter would be that year. And they remembered.

Know, dear brethren, (brothers and sisters,)
that, as we have rejoiced at
the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ,
so by leave of God’s mercy we announce to you also the joy of his Resurrection, who is our Savior.

On the Tenth day of February will fall Ash Wednesday,
and the beginning of the fast of the most sacred Lenten season.

On the Twenty-Seventh day of March you will celebrate with Joy Easter Day, the Paschal feast of our Lord Jesus Christ.

On the Fifth day of May will be the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ. On the Fifteenth day of May the feast of Pentecost.

On the Twenty-Ninth day of May,
the feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.

On the Twenty-Seventh day of November
the First Sunday of Advent of our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom is honor and glory for ever and ever.

Amen.