Epiphany, in the tradition of the ancient church

January 6, 2014

Back in the day, it was one of the primary jobs of the Patriarch of Alexandria to announce the date of Easter. The entire liturgical year hangs on knowing the date of Easter and it was announced to the world from Alexandria, along with other important dates.

You may think the Mayan calendar was scary, but the 1928 Book of Common Prayer listing of dates for Easter ended in 2013. Those of us who follow the old Daily Office lectionary are often perplexed, so here is the straight dope for 2014.

There are five Sundays after Epiphany.

Septuagesima Sunday is February 23, 2014.

Ash Wednesday is March 5.

Easter is April 20.

There are 23 Sundays after Trinity.

The First Sunday of Advent is November 30, 2014.

I hope I don’t end up being arrested for impersonating the Patriarch of Alexandria.

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