1. The Proclamation of the Date of Easter 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.
2. Although calendars now give the date of Easter and the other
feasts in the liturgical year in advance, the Epiphany proclamation
still has value. It is a reminder of teh 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.
3. The proclamation may be sung or proclaimed at the ambo by a
deacon, cantor, or reader either after the gospel or after the
prayer after communion.
4. Each year the proper dates for Holy Thursday, Ash Wednesday,
Ascension, Pentecost, and the First Sunday of Advent must be
inserted into the text. These dates are found in the table which is
included with the introductory documents of the Sacramentary.
The form to be used for announcing each date is: the date
of month, e.g., "the seventh of April."
5. On the solemnity of the Epiphany, after the homily or after
communion, the deacon or, in his absence, another minister announces
the date of Easter and the other feasts of the liturgical year
according to the following text.
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
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 (date) of
(month) (date of Holy Thursday) and the
evening of the (date) of
(month). (date of Easter Sunday)
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
From Easter are reckoned all the days we keep holy. Ash Wednesday,
the beginning of Lent, will occur on the date
The Ascention of the Lord will be commemorated on the
date of month.
Pentecost, the joyful conclusion of the season of Easter, will be
celebrated on the date of
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.
English text © USCC, 1989