Here we are just back into Ordinary Time and I'm already bringing up Easter? I'm worse than Wal-mart! Actually, according to the Church, I'm late with this announcement. In way back times when calendars were not as readily available as they are today, the Church would read this proclamation on the solemnity of the Epiphany so that the faithful would know well in advance the date of Easter and all the other important dates tied to it.
It's too bad that this proclamation is not still read today because I think it would help to build anticipation for the greatest feast of the year and it would make the connection between Christmas and Easter more prominent.
So, here it is, the official proclamation of Easter for the year 2009. This was sent to me by a friend, who quite honestly should have her own blog because I frequently utilize information that she sends me! Thanks Do :)
Dear brothers and 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 9th of April and the evening of the 12th ofApril.
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 25th of February.
The Ascention of the Lord will be commemorated on the 21st of May.
Pentecost, the joyful conclusion of the season of Easter, will be celebrated on the 31st of May.
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.
P.S. Don't forget to participate in the novena and fasting for FOCA not to be passed. This is day two.