The Proclamation of the Date of Easter, sung on Epiphany Sunday, proclaims the reality that our lives are to be lived in rhythm with and according to Jesus’ life.
The Proclamation of the date of Easter on Epiphany was a practical necessity in times of old (due to lack of printed calendars), but is kept within liturgical use. Although calendars now give the date of Easter and the other feasts in the liturgical year for many years in advance, the Epiphany proclamation 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 celebrated each year.
While a day like Christmas is fixed in our minds and on the calendars on December 25th, many of the important feasts of the Church year move, based upon the date that Easter is set. Easter changes each year moving to the Sunday after the "Paschal Full Moon," and can fall between March 22 and April 25. On Epiphany Sunday, the upcoming dates are "proclaimed". The Proclamation, however, announces more than dates. It proclaims the reality that our lives are to be lived in rhythm with and according to Jesus’ life.
Listen for the sung Proclamation of the Date of Easter at Mass on Epiphany.