Hope you all had a great Christmas, not to mention a safe New Year.

Saw a couple of movies recently.

Cried watching Marley and Me, had to think through Doubt and hated Bedtime Stories.

Tomorrow we celebrate the feast of the Epiphany. At church a few years ago we started singing the Proclamation of the Date of Easter on Epiphany. It dates back to a time when calendars were not as readily available. It has received very favorable response from parishoners as well as some of the priests. I suggest more parishes start the tradition of using the Proclamation, experience some of the richness of our Catholic Faith. The text of the Proclamation follows:

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 time 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 Ninth of April and the evening of the Twelfth of April.

Each Easter as on each Sunday the Holy Church makes present the great and saving deed by which Christ has forever conquered sin and death. From Easter are reckoned all the days we keep holy. Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, will occur on the Twentyfifth of February. The Ascension of the Lord will be commemorated on the Twentyfourth of May. Pentecost, the joyful conclusion of the season of Easter, will be celebrated on the Thirtyfirst of May. And this year the First Sunday of Advent will be on the Twentyninth of November.

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. 

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