31 Dec 2015

The Complexities of the Liturgical Calendar - a note about the weekend of 3 January 2016

While trying to understand the minutiae of the complexities of the liturgical calendar would probably be a good cure for insomnia for most Catholics in the pew, on SS102fm we do have to keep an eye on it so we don't cause confusion to our listeners and our international readership. However, Christmastide in particular can be a little confusing so just to note a couple of things for this weekend:

1. In Ireland, 3rd January 2016 is the second Sunday of Christmas as Ireland still holds to the ancient tradition of celebrating Epiphany on January 6th.

2. In UK and USA, the respective conference of bishops have moved the celebration of Epiphany to the nearest Sunday so in those respective countries this weekend is the Feast of the Epiphany.

3. To make things a little more complicated for SS102fm, as we are based in Limerick we need to keep an eye on the local calendar and this year the feast day of St Munchin, principal patron of our home diocese falls on a Sunday. This means that for the Diocese of Limerick it displaces the 2nd Sunday of Christmas and we celebrate St Munchin's feast day as a Solemnity.   

We will be posting for the feast of St Munchin and the 2nd Sunday of Christmas this weekend but we wont be putting up any posts for Epiphany until 6th January - Nollaig na mBan.

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