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Proclamation of Easter on Epiphany 2014

Easter blessing of the baptism font

We can follow the ancient tradition and announce the date of Easter on the Feast of the Epiphany. This proclamation highlights the centrality of the resurrection of Christ in the liturgical year and the importance of the great mysteries of faith which are celebrated each year.

The proclamation may occur after the Gospel, homily, or after the prayer after communion [if blessing chalk (after communion), the earlier options may be preferred so as not to clutter the conclusion of the Eucharist]. It may be sung or said, by the deacon, or other(s).

Here is a version for two lectors. It can be adapted in a number of ways – including being proclaimed by one lector.

Lector 1 stands at the Ambo, Lector 2 stands at the Cantor Lectern

Lector 1
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.

Lector 2
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 seventeenth day of April and the evening of the nineteenth day of April, Easter Sunday being on the twentieth day of April.

Lector 1
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.

Lector 2
Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, will occur on the fifth day of March.

Lector 1
The Ascension of the Lord will be commemorated on the twenty-ninth day of May.

Lector 2
Pentecost, joyful conclusion of the season of Easter, will be celebrated on the eighth day of June.

Lector 1
And, this year the First Sunday of Advent will be on the thirtieth day of November.

Lector 2
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.

Lector 1
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. [Amen. Amen.]

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Epiphany chalk house blessing

The image is of blessing the font at the Easter Vigil.

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Advent Wreath in the Christmas Season?

Advent wreath

Recently I was asked on twitter what to do with the Advent Wreath during the Christmas Season. I asked the community on facebook and twitter and was so interested in the variety of good ideas that I am making this into a blog post. You can add other ideas into the comments below. The originContinue Reading

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Epiphany Proclamation 2013

There is an ancient tradition of announcing the date of Easter on the Feast of the Epiphany. This proclaims the centrality of the resurrection of Christ in the liturgical year and the importance of the great mysteries of faith which are celebrated each year. The proclamation may occur after the Gospel, homily, or after theContinue Reading

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God’s daybreak

Let us pray (in silence) [with joy and hope as we await the dawning of God's brightness] pause God,
 you have made this most holy night radiant with the splendour of the true light, may we who even now obscurely share the mystery of your light come to enjoy your light in fullness, who isContinue Reading

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CofE = Church of Eccentricity?

Yesterday I was talking to a friend of mine and he had prepared his sermon for today based on the readings in his Parson’s Pocket Book 2011 diary. Late in his preparation he realised that the John 2:1-11 reading given there was not one of the options given in our usually-generous-with-options NZ lectionary. What wasContinue Reading

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Proclamation of the date of Easter on Epiphany

There is an 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 theContinue Reading

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Epiphany chalk house blessing

[Updated for 2014] On Epiphany (or New Year) you can bless your house. You can make this as simple or as intricate as you like; include (liturgical) greeting (eg. “The Lord be with you…”), song or carol, holy water (sprinkling door, each room), reading (eg. Epiphany Gospel, start of John’s Gospel), more prayers, Lord’s Prayer,Continue Reading

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