LITURGICAL CALENDAR

An Overview
 
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 also marked by special seasons—Advent, Christmas, Lent, The Triduum or Three Days, Easter, and Kingdomtide also known as "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.

However, 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.

The Liturgical Year Calendar first tells us what readings the Church has designated to be used for each day. Then it names the special feasts and commemorations celebrated during each season. These are listed one week at a time.
 
Liturgical Colors

Liturgies celebrated during the different seasons of the liturgical year have distinctive music and specific readings, prayers, and rituals. All of these work together to reflect the spirit of the particular season. The colors of the paraments also help express the character of the mysteries being celebrated.

White, the color of joy and victory, is used for the seasons of Easter and Christmas. It is also used for the feasts of Our Lord, Gold may also be used on certain occasions.
Black is used on days when we celebrate the passion of Jesus on Good Friday and Holy Saturday. It is used to represent the silence of the tomb as well as those grieving for Christ.
Red (the color of fire) recalls the Holy Spirit and is used on Pentecost to enlighten us and the apostles had been enlightened.
Green, seen everywhere in plants and trees, symbolizes life and hope and is used during Kingdomtide.
The color purple in Advent helps us to remember that we are preparing for the coming of Christ. Lent, the season of penance and renewal, also uses the color purple.
Pink may be used on the Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday.  It expresses the joy of anticipation for Christmas.

GPUMC

We at GPUMC follow the older Methodist Liturgical calendar as a respect for the tradition.  Please refer to the Church Events Calendar for the appropriate color on any given Sunday.

 

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