Welcome to the Church Year

Welcome to the Church Year

by Vicki K. Black


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From birthday cakes and anniversary dinners to summer vacations at the beach, each family has its own ways of marking the days and seasons of its life. For the Christian family—especially Episcopalians—it’s no different. With an array of colors and an assortment of rich traditions, Episcopalians move through the Church year, marking the days and seasons that tell the story of Christ in our lives—in history and today.

This book—written for newcomers to the Episcopal Church as well as lifelong members—takes readers by the hand and leads them through the Church year, from the first Sunday of Advent through the last Sunday of Pentecost, answering questions like “Why do we use purple in Lent?” and “What does Maundy Thursday mean?” In an easy-to-read conversational style, Welcome to the Church Year introduces readers to the traditions of the Church seasons and explains why we do what we do. But it does more than offer interesting trivia about church vestments and pageantry. Its insights can help readers participate in the liturgies of the Church year in a deeper, more meaningful way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780819219664
Publisher: Church Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/01/2004
Series: Welcome to the Episcopal Church
Pages: 130
Sales rank: 653,169
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

1Welcome to the Church Year1
What Is the Church Year?2
Time in the Church Year3
The Two Cycles of the Church Year5
The Development of the Liturgical Calendar6
The Lectionary9
Traditions of the Christian Year10
Questions for Further Thought and Discussion13
Advent Themes15
Advent Traditions17
The Advent Wreath17
The Advent Calendar19
St. Nicholas19
Advent Lessons and Carols20
The Sunday Liturgy in Advent21
The Lectionary22
The Blessings25
Questions for Further Thought and Discussion26
Christmas Themes28
Christmas Services31
The Lectionary32
The Twelve Days of Christmas34
The Holy Name35
Christmas Lessons and Carols36
Questions for Further Thought and Discussion38
4The Epiphany39
Epiphany Themes40
The Feast of the Epiphany41
The Baptism of Our Lord43
The Sundays after the Epiphany44
Holy Days in Epiphany46
Epiphany Blessings47
Questions for Further Thought and Discussion49
Lenten Themes53
Lenten Traditions55
Spiritual Disciplines56
The Way of the Cross57
Ash Wednesday57
The Sunday Liturgy in Lent60
The Penitential Order61
The Great Litany62
The Catechumenate63
The Lectionary63
The Prayer over the People64
The Weekdays of Lent65
Questions for Further Thought and Discussion66
6Holy Week67
Holy Week in the Early Church68
Holy Week in the Episcopal Church Today71
Palm Sunday73
The Liturgy of the Palms74
The Sunday of the Passion75
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in Holy Week77
Maundy Thursday79
The Lessons80
The Footwashing83
The Reserved Sacrament85
The Lord's Supper86
The Stripping of the Altar86
The Night Vigil87
Good Friday88
The Lessons89
The Solemn Collects90
The Veneration of the Cross91
Communion from the Reserved Sacrament92
Holy Saturday93
Questions for Further Thought and Discussion94
7Easter to Pentecost95
Easter Themes97
Easter Traditions99
The Easter Vigil100
The Service of Light101
The Service of Lessons103
Christian Initiation103
The Holy Eucharist103
Easter Day104
Easter Week and the Great Fifty Days104
The Sunday Liturgy in Easter106
The Ascension107
The Day of Pentecost109
Questions for Further Thought and Discussion112
8The Season after Pentecost113
Trinity Sunday114
Themes in the Season after Pentecost118
Holy Days120
The Transfiguration121
All Saints' Day122
The Last Sunday after Pentecost123
Questions for Further Thought and Discussion126

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