Seasons of the Christian Year

This coming Sunday, November 25th, is the last Sunday of the Christian year!  A new Christian year begins on December 2nd, the first Sunday in the season of Advent.  The Christian liturgical cycle divides a calendar year into a series of seasons – Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost and Ordinary Time.  These seasons are based, not upon predictable changes in the weather, but upon the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.  Just as each season in the world of nature has a distinct quality, each season in the Church liturgical cycle has a distinct mood and spiritual nuance.  By regularly remembering and re-experiencing the key aspects of the life and ministry of Jesus, we are refreshed, deepened and reconfirmed in our own faith and depth of understanding.  And because we are not the same person with the same understandings from year to year, our experience of the Church Seasons is similarly different and deeper each year.  By God’s grace, through our celebration of the Christian year we are being shaped into the pattern of Christ.  May you all have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Blessings, Ernie

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