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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus,
This weekend we celebrate the great feast of Epiphany. I encourage you to celebrate this Solemnity with joy and gratitude toward our good Lord!
It is a long tradition to make the announcement of the Feasts that we celebrate in the near future. There is an established, formal announcement that is to used for this occasion. I include more information for you to know more about the Catholic Faith:
“The proclamation of the date of Easter and the other moveable Feasts on Epiphany dates from a time when calendars were not readily available. It was necessary to make known the date of Easter in advance, since many celebrations of the liturgical year depend on its date. The number of Sundays that follow Epiphany, the date of Ash Wednesday, and the number of Sundays that follow Pentecost are all computed in relation to Easter.
Although calendars now give the date of Easter and the other feasts in the liturgical year for many years in advance, the Epiphany proclamation still has value. It is a reminder of the centrality of the Resurrection of the Lord in the liturgical year and the importance of the great mysteries of Faith which are celebrated each year.” (from www.usccb.org)
“In Cathedral and other principal Churches, after the Gospel has been sung, the approaching Feast of Easter Sunday is solemnly announced to the people. This custom, which dates from the earliest ages of the Church, shows both the mysterious connection which unites the great Solemnities of the year one with another, and the importance the Faithful ought to attach to the celebration of that which is the greatest of all, and the center of all Religion. After having honored the King of the universe on the Epiphany, we shall have to celebrate Him on the day which is now announced to us, as the conqueror of death.” (Commentary from The Liturgical Year by Dom Prosper Guéranger b.1805‐d.1875)