ah...more importantly, for me, anyhow, is that I celebrate Epiphany on its proper date, which is a most ancient festival celebrating the Nativity, Baptism, first miracle, and even the visit of the wise men, all depending on when and where celebrated, of ancient origin, January 6th has been a holy day likely even preceeding or actually being Christmas for so many over so much history.So, a happy Christmas to you.
Yes, Christmas the day (not the vigil) and the Epiphany should both be Holy Days and observed as such. January 1, which has had many titles, should honor Mary and pray for the start of the New Year. It should not be observed as a Holy Day since the Church makes a mockery of this day. This year it is a "day of obligation" but most people don't go, next year it is not, the year after it is on a Sunday, so it is a "day of obligation, the following year it is not, then they year after that it is a day of obligation. I once asked a priest how he explained all this to converts. He just looked at me and didn't answer. As usual, it is the bishops who make a mockery of the Faith.
A few years ago the E&W bishops bowed to protests and restored Epiphany and Ascension to their correct days, but according to an older rule HDOs which fall on a Saturday or Monday are moved to the Sunday. So this year was the first time OF Epiphany fell on the right day for about 15 years. Parishes like mine which offer both forms always celebrated in the EF on the correct day, even if it meant celebrating two Solemn Latin Masses, one OF and one EF. The Propers are the same for each.
John, I realize you are just reporting what the bishops have done, but why does there always have to be an exception? If they are going to restore them, restore them.
The Scottish bishops did not move the HDOs to the nearest Sunday; they simply removed the obligation in most cases. In non-Catholic countries most HDOs are normal working days, so that made better sense than having twelfth night on 2 January, and Ascension day permanently displacing the seventh Sunday of Easter.
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