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Fixing Easter Day

Fixing Easter Day

An agreement has been reached to move Easter to April 1, “whatever day of the week that might happen to be”. A committee has been meeting several times a year for three years. It has had representatives from the Vatican, Eastern Orthodoxy (2 reps: Constantinople and Moscow), the Copts, Armenians, Anglicans, and The World Council… Continue Reading

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The Joy of Sexagesima

The Joy of Sexagesima

From the Gelasian Sacramentary (7th Century) until the calendar reforms of Vatican II, the ninth Sunday before Easter was called “Septuagesima”, and the eighth Sunday before Easter (this year, this coming Sunday, 4 February 2018) was called “Sexagesima”. The third Sunday in this sequence, the last Sunday before Ash Wednesday (starting Lent), was Quinquagesima. Sexagesima… Continue Reading

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Proclamation of Easter on Epiphany 2018

Proclamation of Easter on Epiphany 2018

There is the ancient tradition of announcing the date of Easter on the Feast of the Epiphany. In the past, when calendars were not common, it clearly had functional value to give the date and feasts dependant on the date of Easter Day. It still has value as a proclamation of the centrality of the… Continue Reading

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No Weeks Missing

No Weeks Missing

This year has 53 Sundays. The three-year Sunday lectionary system (after Vatican II) is organised for 53 weeks – as this year has. If there are only 52 weeks, then one week is dropped out. We stop counting the weeks when Lent begins (Ash Wednesday) and start counting again when Easter ends (The Day of… Continue Reading

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Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Father in heaven, by your grace the virgin mother of your Incarnate Son was blessed in bearing him, but still more blessed in keeping your word: Grant us who honor the exaltation of her lowliness to follow the example of her devotion to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with… Continue Reading

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Rogation Days

Rogation Days

I have written previously that intense prayer, reflection, and action in regard to our relationship with the environment are needed now more than ever. Revival of re-imaged, contemporary, contextual Rogation practices could be part of that. Rogation (from the Latin rogare ‘ask’) is a solemn supplication. Rogation days appear to go back to about the… Continue Reading

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Proclamation of Easter on Epiphany 2017

Proclamation of Easter on Epiphany 2017

There is the ancient tradition of announcing the date of Easter on the Feast of the Epiphany. In the past, when calendars were not common, it clearly had functional value to give the date and feasts dependant on the date of Easter Day. It still has value as a proclamation of the centrality of the… Continue Reading

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