It is readily apparent that the release of the original trilogy was tied to the Day of Pentecost, the first two films being released before the feast day, and the final film in the Octave.
The prequel trilogy followed a similar pattern.
However, with the latest trilogy, the pattern has shifted to one apparently tied to the O Antiphons. The second film missed the traditional start of the O Antiphons, but it got pretty close.
|Film Title||Nearest Liturgical Day||Difference|
|IV. A New Hope (1977)||Pentecost, 29 May||4 days before|
|V. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)||Pentecost, 25 May||4 days before|
|VI. Return of the Jedi (1983)||Pentecost, 22 May||3 days after|
|I. The Phantom Menace (1999)||Pentecost, 23 May||4 days before|
|II. Attack of the Clones (2002)||Pentecost, 19 May||3 days before|
|III. Revenge of the Sith (2005)||Pentecost, 15 May||4 days after|
|VII. The Force Awakens (2015)||O Adonai, 18 December||none|
|VIII. The Last Jedi (2017)||O Sapientia, 17 December||2 days before|
|IX. The Rise of Skywalker (2019)||O Clavis David, 20 December||none|
The connection to the O Antiphons, however, seems more tenuous, especially with the second film not actually aligning with the start of the O Antiphons.
But I suspect the content of the latest film and the antiphon "O Clavis David" will have a nice resonance.
O Key of David and scepter of the House of Israel; you open and no one can shut; you shut and no one can open: Come and lead the prisoners from the prison house, those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.
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