The Church's year
|Advent is the season of new beginnings. It is the start of the church year beginning on the first Sunday of Advent. Advent Sunday this year is the 2nd of December 2018. Advent is the time leading up to Christmas. It beckons to us with images of transformation and hope. It is the season of the impossible becoming possible. During advent we prepare for Christmas - for the birth of Jesus. Advent is a time for prayer, reflecting on past choices and how to make better decisions in the future.|
|The advent wreath is to remind us of the coming of Jesus, 'the 'Light of the world'. Four candles are displayed around the wreath and the fifth candle is set in the middle. A candle is lit each Sunday before Christmas Day:|
• First Sunday, a purple candle (the candle of hope) is lit.
• Second Sunday, a purple candle the (candle of preparation) is lit.
• Third Sunday, a pink candle (the candle of joy) is lit.
• Fourth Sunday, a purple candle (the candle of love) is lit.
• On Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, the white candle (the Christ candle) is lit.
Christmas is the time of the birth of Jesus.
It begins with the evening mass on Christmas Eve.
Epiphany is on January 6th every year, marking the visit of the Magi, the "wise men".
Begins with the Baptism of the Lord in the week after Epiphany, and runs until the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.
From Ash Wednesday until the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on the evening of Holy Thursday. There are 6 Sundays of Lent.
Begins with the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday.
From the celebration of the Easter Vigil on Easter Sunday, until Pentecost Sunday, 50 days later.
Pentecost marks the Holy Spirit visiting some followers of Christ.
From the Monday following Pentecost Sunday until the Saturday before the 1st Sunday of Advent.
The last Sunday is the Feast of Christ the King, the 34th Sunday of Ordinary Time.