LITURGY: Liturgy Planning Committee
Seasons of the Liturgical Year
The seasons of the liturgical year begin with Advent, a time of preparation for the Christmas season.
The Christmas season celebrates the Nativity of the Lord (on December 25) and continues until the Baptism of Our Lord.
This is followed by the first of two periods of Ordinary Time, which continues until Ash Wednesday.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent, a time we prepare to renew our Baptism by prayer, fasting and almsgiving, leading to the Paschal Triduum.
The Sacred Triduum is the three days before the Easter Season. Beginning with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, through the Liturgy of Good Friday, the Great Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday we remember and celebrate the central mysteries of our faith: the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Easter Season lasts for fifty days, through Pentecost Sunday. Jesus is Risen! Indeed, He is risen!
Pentecost into Ordinary Time
Pentecost Sunday marks the start of the second period of Ordinary Time, which continues until the Advent season begins again.