Why has the Feast of the Epiphany been downgraded?
I am a long-retired secondary teacher with a strong interest in the state of the Church, particularly in Ireland. I regularly follow the entries in your site and was deeply pained by cruel comments on homosexuals in recent days.
However, my reason for sending this email is the shock, anger and shame I felt at the disrespect shown to the feast of the Epiphany in various ways this week. So many schools, primary and secondary, reopening on that day – and, I was told, pupils given homework to do that evening, as if to prevent them from attending Mass, should it be available. What a contrast to so many countries where the coming of the Magi is still celebrated as a major event in the Christian calendar! Who, I wonder, authorised this departure from a cherished tradition? and what message are our children taking from it?
As I was unwell that day and feared I would not get to Mass I scanned the TV and radio programmes in search of a Mass or service, but found nothing.
An Irishwoman living in England phoned ‘Liveline’ during the week in relation to the army chaplain’s remark about our president’s Christmas message (about which I’ll say no more for fear of exploding). The lady said, “The Irish people have lost their backbone”. I heartily agree: many people have expressed these feelings to me but taken no action. I ask you please to deal with it on your website. Quote me if you wish, as one of the plain Catholics of Ireland, grieved at the direction our country appears to be taking under the present regime.
God bless the work!