Two readers emailed me asking if Metropolitan Philip had issued a mandate for all parishes in the Antiochian Archdiocese to celebrate Theophany during the Liturgy on Sunday, January 5, 2014 instead of on Monday, January 6, 2014. Can anyone speak to this?
UPDATE: Here is one such letter from the directive.
To all Clergy,
Greetings in the name of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ as we embark upon the feast of Epiphany.
His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP directs all of you to celebrate the major Feast of Epiphany on Sunday, January 5th instead of Monday, January 6th due to the fact that more faithful, especially children, will be present on Sunday than Monday. This way, more parishioners and their children will witness the full feast which they will otherwise miss. This means that Epiphany Orthros (Matins) and Divine Liturgy variables will be used this Sunday, in addition to the Sanctification of the Water service.
May you have a wonderful service this Sunday and a glorious new year in His service.
Take Care and God Bless,
Bishop of Brooklyn and Assistant to the Metropolitan
The Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese