Announcing Easter

VATICAN CITY — It’s an age-old tradition on the feast of the Epiphany to announce the date of Easter and the dates of the other liturgical feast days that revolve around it.


A priest reads the Gloria in a booklet as Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass on the feast of the Epiphany in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Jan. 6. (CNS photo/Reuters)

Today was no exception as a cantor sang the proclamation in Latin right before Pope Benedict XVI gave his homily during Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica.

The cantor announced that in the Latin-rite this year Easter will be celebrated April 12, with Lent beginning Feb. 25,  Ash Wednesday.

Fast forward and the church will celebrate the Ascension May 21, Pentecost May 31, and Corpus Christi June 11.

The cantor ended by announcing Nov. 29 would be the first Sunday of Advent which will mean it’ll be looking a lot like Christmas — as usual — right after Thanksgiving.

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