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Just as a typical calendar has four seasons, twelve months, fifty‑two weeks, and 365 days that include holidays, solemn days, commemorative days, and days that are just "average," the Liturgical Year Calendar of the Church uses similar terms and measurements.
The Liturgical Year is marked by special seasons: Advent, Christmas, Lent, The Paschal Triduum or Three Days, Easter, and Ordinary Time. The Liturgical Year begins on the first Sunday of Advent, which usually occurs around the beginning of December or the end of November, and ends on the feast of Christ the King.
The purpose of the Liturgical Year Calendar is not to mark the passage of time, but to celebrate and understand more fully the entire mystery of Jesus Christ, from his incarnation and birth until his ascension, the day of Pentecost, and the expectation of his return in glory. During the course of a year, the Paschal Mystery: the passion, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus, is viewed from different angles, in different lights.
Lent: Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent which continues until the Holy Thursday. Lent is a time of penance observed with fasting and abstinence. A common devotion for Lent is praying the Stations of the Cross.
Lent is a 40 day fast and penance period in the Catholic Church. The church is draped in violet. This time is a time of penance and self-denial as well as a time to go the extra mile. It is a time of preparation for and renewal of baptism.
Paschal Triduum: is a separate season during what is often called "Holy Week". This three‑day observance begins on the evening of Holy Thursday with the Mass of the Lord's Supper and ends on Saturday evening with the Easter Vigil. The ceremonies of this special season celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Easter: The Easter season is 50 days long, with the Feast of Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit, marking its end. Ascension Thursday occurs 40 days after Easter Sunday, although it may be celebrated on the following Sunday. Readings during the Easter season focus on Jesus' teaching after the Resurrection.
Fr. David Peck
Fr. David Peck Shares 10 Ways to Transform the Culture
for St. John Neumann Parish
Held at St. John Neumann on January 19, 2014