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Posted on 02/28/2011 2:08:06 PM PST by NYer
Following up a bit on the previous post about the significance of the liturgical calendar, here is an excerpt from Barbara Morgan's essay, "Liturgy, Catechesis, and Conversion":
In order to grow in participation in the mystery of Christ the Church wisely arranges the liturgical year to cover all of the mighty acts of God. The possibility for contemplation of all of the stages of Gods salvific action in sacred history are there. The Church maintains the important link between Gods promise and His oath: from the promise of and subsequent longing for redemption in Advent; to the stupendous realization of Gods Word in the Incarnation; to the depths of His love in the events of Christs Pasch; to the establishment of His Mystical Body, the Church, on Good Friday and Pentecost. The "sacraments" of the Old Testament prefigure the sacramental order of the New Testament and the promises which precede Christ are all fulfilled in Him.
Even more important in the scheme of the liturgical year then the recounting of sacred history centered on Christological events is the prime mystery of the Trinity, wherein lies the birth of the plan for mankind: union with God in the Trinitarian family. There is one Sunday set aside for celebration of the Triune Godhead but in reality all of the feasts of the Church converge upon the feast of the Most Holy Trinity.
This central mystery of the Faith is always presupposed and so must always be freshly proposed, therefore the wisdom of the Church provides regular opportunities to reconsider it. In fact, each liturgical event which the Church celebrates has more and more depth to plumb. Dom Ghesquiere makes the following point:
The great stages of the history of salvation are outlined in the chain of their providential development: Israel, the Church on earth, the Church in Heaven. Facts speak, events answer one another, the mysterious links which God has willed are brought out by the conjunctions which in themselves are worth more than any commentary. 
Catechesis should carefully shape itself around the mysteries found in those events and remember that what is most crucial in the liturgical year is that the faithful are called to live the celebrations of the feasts. In Mediator Dei (no. 176) Pope Pius XII taught that:
... the liturgical year ...is no cold and lifeless presentation of past events, no mere historical record. It is Christ Himself, living on in His Church ... (The mysteries of His life) ... are still now consistently present and active ... (and are) sources of divine grace for us by reason of the merits and intercession of the Redeemer.
Preparation for these feasts is an integral factor in them not becoming "lifeless presentations of past events." These mysteries should "form the high points of biblical catechesis" according to Fr. Hofinger. He emphasizes that believers will experience the mysteries in the liturgy long before they may understand them. There they become "present religious values" and not just historical narratives.  In fact, it is often after the fact that at the practical level the liturgical year becomes a principal means by which the effects of the mystery of Christ are conveyed. It is a "magnificent unity" expressed in a "sublime manner," which plunges the believer directly into the heart of Gods plan.
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DEFINING THE WORD "LITURGY"
CATHOLIC RITES AND THE LITURGY
1. "In Scripture, Liturgy is applied to the religious duty to be performed by priests and Levites in the Temple, especially in connection with the Sacrifice. In Christian use it has two senses: in the Eastern Churches it has almost always designated the Eucharistic Sacrifice alone; in the Western Church it designates either the Mass alone, with its accompanying prayers and ceremonies, or the whole collection of official services used in publish worship. In this last sense it is equivalent to rite and may be defined as the exercise of public worship according to Church regulation. It comprises then, all those prayers, ceremonies, and functions prescribed by the Church for use in all services performed by an official minister in her name. It includes the celebration of Mass, the administration of the Sacraments (and Sacramentals), the recitation of the Divine Office, and all other functions such as processions and benedictions. It excludes devotions of a private nature such as the recitation of the Rosary." (The New Catholic Dictionary; Copyright 1929, The Universal Knowledge Foundation.)
2. "The origin of Liturgy is to be found in the institution by Christ of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and the Sacraments, as well as in His example and precepts concerning the necessity and mode of prayer. While Christ laid down the essentials, He left the development of details to His Church, to carry out this task under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Liturgy has not been the same at all times in the past, nor is it the same everywhere today." (The New Catholic Dictionary; Copyright 1929, The Universal Knowledge Foundation.)
THE LITURGICAL YEAR/CALENDAR
3. There are a number of distinct Rites within the Catholic Church. These Rites developed their own liturgies, illustrating the ability of the Church, the jealous guardian of the essential elements, to accommodate her public worship, in non-essentials, to circumstances of time, place, and peoples.
4. These Rites are: the Antiochene Rite (Malankar, Maronite, Syrian), the Alexandrian Rite (Coptic, Ethiopian), the Armenian Rite (Armenian), the Byzantine Rite (Albanian, Belarussian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Greek, Hungarian, Slovak, Ukrainian), the Chaldean rite (Chaldean, Syro-Malabar) and the Roman Rite.
THE LITURGICAL CYCLES
5. The Liturgical Calendar begins every year during the month of November on the First Sunday of Advent and runs through to the Solemnity of Christ the King.
6. The liturgical year is the temporal structure within which the Church celebrates the holy mysteries of Christ: "From the Incarnation and the Nativity to the Ascension, to Pentecost and to the wait in joyful hope for the Lord's coming".
7. "During the liturgical year, 'the celebration of the Paschal Mystery [...] is the most privileged moment in the daily, weekly and annual celebration of Christian worship'. Consequently, the priority of the Liturgical year over any other devotional form or practice must be regarded as a touch stone for the relationship between Liturgy and popular piety." (# 94, Directory of Popular Piety and the Liturgy; Principles and Guidelines; Vatican City, December, 2001)
8. The Liturgical Calendar is a tool that kindles the hearts of Catholics so that they will remember Gods marvellous plan of salvation that was accomplished through the birth, life, death and rising of Christ Who once again walks the earth in our time and presence.
THE SEASONS OF THE LITURGICAL CALENDAR
9. The "Lectionary," the Mass readings from the Holy Bible, follows a Sunday cycle and a weekday cycle. The Liturgical Calendar follows a three year cycle, each year being represented by the letters, A, B and C.
10. During the year A cycle, the Gospel of Matthew is the primary Gospel that is used for the readings. In year B, Mark is the primary Gospel. In year C Luke is the primary Gospel. The Gospel of John is proclaimed on particular Sundays in each of the years.
11. On weekdays in Ordinary Time, there is a 2 year cycle numbered I and II. Year I is read in odd number years such as 2005, 2007, 2009. Year II is read in even years such as 2006, 2008, 2010.
12. It should be noted that if a person attends the Holy Mass everyday for 3 years, having been present for all the readings of the 3 cycles, most of the Holy Bible will have been read to him during that time frame.
THE UNIVERSAL LITURGICAL CALENDAR
13. In each cycle of the Liturgical Calendar, you will find six Seasons:
(1) Advent,14. During the year, in addition to the Sunday worship, the Church also celebrates Solemnities, Feasts, and Memorials which may be on any day of the week. These occur during the year to commemorate special events or persons that are highly revered by the Catholic Church.
(5) Easter, and
(6) Ordinary Time.
THE REGIONAL LITURGICAL CALENDAR
15. The entire Church is required to follow the approved Universal Liturgical Calendar. The Universal Calendar originated from the Congregation of the Liturgy at the Vatican. It contains monthly guides that must be followed by all the faithful.
THE NATIONAL LITURGICAL CALENDAR
16. Some celebrations are celebrated over an entire continent such as the celebration of the six patrons of Europe who are celebrated as Feasts within Europe. These celebrations, included in the Liturgical Calendar of certain countries, are over and above the mandatory observance of the Universal Liturgical Calendar.
THE DIOCESAN LITURGICAL CALENDAR
17. Each country is permitted to have a National Liturgical Calendar that commemorates the Saints of national importance. These special celebrations are over and above those of Universal and Regional importance.
RELIGIOUS LITURGICAL CALENDAR
18. Each diocese is permitted to have its own Liturgical Calendar to commemorate the diocesan patron(s) and Saints who are of important to the life of the diocese. These special celebrations are over and above the mandatory Universal, Regional and National celebrations. Dioceses are not required to commemorate the celebrations of other Dioceses unless such celebrations are a part of their own calendars.
LOCAL LITURGICAL CALENDAR
19. Individual religious Orders can have their own Liturgical Calendar to commemorate the founder(s) and Saints of their Orders. When a parish/Church belongs to a religious Order, this calendar is observed. The observance of religious Orders is over and above the previously mentioned Liturgical Calendars that are obligatory.
THE LITURGICAL SEASONS
20. Every parish is encouraged to celebrate the formal Feast (Solemnity) of its Patron and the anniversary date of the dedication of the Church/parish. For example, if a Church was dedicated to Saint Peter on September 1st fifty years ago, and St. Peters Feast is celebrated on June 29th every year, then the Parish is required to commemorate Saint Peter on June 29th and September 1st of each year.
21. Parishes dedicated to Our Lady, those holding a Marian title such as Our Lady of Peace, where such a title is not in the Liturgical Calendar, can celebrate their Marian Feast on August 15th or on the date of another Marian Feast that more closely resembles the particular title of Our Lady for that particular Church.
22. The following is a glance of the Liturgical year:
4 weeks of preparation for Christmas
Christmas (birth of Christ)
Mary the Mother of God (New Years Day)
Baptism of the Lord
Ordinary Time I
Passion (Palm) Sunday
Easter Sacred Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday.)
Easter Vigil (The Resurrection)
Easter (Celebrate the Resurrection at Masses - The greatest Feast of the year.)
Second to Sixth Sundays
Ordinary Time II
Body and Blood of Christ
Ordinary Time II (continued...)
Solemnity of Christ the King
23. Advent is the Season that includes four Sundays preceding Christmas. The Advent Season marks the beginning of the Liturgical Calendar. It always begins in late November or early December. On November 30th or on the Sunday that is the closest to this date, the Catholic Church begins the Liturgical Season of Advent. Advent ends on December 24th before the evening prayer of Christmas.
24. The word "advent" is derived from the Latin word adventus, which means "coming" or "arrival." During this time the faithful are admonished to prepare themselves for the coming of the Lord Jesus in three ways:
(1) First, to prepare themselves for the coming of the Lord as the Judge, either at death or at the end of this world, whichever may come first.
(2) Secondly, to prepare themselves to receive the Real Presence of our Redeemer at Christmas through the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.
(3) Thirdly, to prepare themselves for the coming of Christmas, the birthday anniversary of the Lord's coming into this world as God incarnate.
THE FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY
25. Christmas is the season when Catholics and other Christian Churches give thanks to God the Father for the birth of His Son, Jesus Christ. This Season lasts 12 days, beginning on Christmas Eve (December 24th) and continues to the Feast of Epiphany (January 6th).
26. The word Christmas comes from Christes Maesse, which means Christs Mass. This is the Old English name for the service of Holy Communion that commemorates the birth of Christ. Christmas is one of the three great Feasts that are celebrated by the Catholic Church. The other two are Easter and Pentecost.
THE FEAST OF MARY, THE MOTHER OF GOD
27. The Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph (Sunday in the Christmas octave) is a festive occasion particularly suitable for the celebration of rites or moments of prayer proper to the Christian family. The recollection of Joseph, Mary and Jesus' going up to Jerusalem, together with other observant Jewish families, for the celebration of the Passover (cf. Lk 2, 41-42), should normally encourage a positive acceptance of the pastoral suggestion that all members of the family attend Mass on this day. This Feast day also affords an opportunity for the renewal of our entrustment to the patronage of the Holy Family of Nazareth; the blessing of children as provided in the ritual; and where opportune, for the renewal of marriage vows taken by the spouses on their wedding day, and also for the exchange of promises between those engaged to be married in which they formalize their desire to found a new Christian family.
28. Outside of the Feast, the faithful have frequent recourse to the Holy Family of Nazareth in many of life's circumstances: joining the Association of the Holy Family so as to model their own families on the Holy Family of Nazareth; frequent prayers to entrust themselves to the patronage of the Holy Family and to obtain assistance at the hour of death. (# 112, Directory of Popular Piety and the Liturgy; Principles and Guidelines; Vatican City, December, 2001)
29. On New Year's Day, the octave day of Christmas, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Holy Mother of God. The divine and virginal motherhood of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a singular salvific event: for Our Lady it was the foretaste and cause of her extraordinary glory; for us it is a source of grace and salvation because "through her we have received the Author of life". (# 115, Directory of Popular Piety and the Liturgy; Principles and Guidelines; Vatican City, December, 2001)
THE FEAST OF THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD
30. Beginning with the Epiphany (Sunday) of our Lord and the Sundays that follow, Christ's manifestation of Himself to the world is traced out through His public ministry and miracles. The Epiphany Season celebrates the many ways that Christ made Himself known to the world. The Feast of the Epiphany of our Lord places emphasis on three events: the visit of the Magi [Mt. 2:1-12], the baptism of Jesus [Mk. 1:9-11], and the miracle at Cana [Jn. 2:1-11]. Nowadays, emphasize is placed on the visit of the Magi (the three wise men) on Epiphany Day, Christ's baptism being commemorated on the First Sunday that follows.
31. The Epiphany of our Lord is observed on January 6th. Some countries have moved the Feast of the Epiphany of our Lord to the nearest Sunday, calling that day Epiphany Sunday. The Epiphany Season lasts until the beginning of Lent. It includes four to nine Sunday, depending on the date of Easter Sunday.
32. The word Epiphany originates from the Greek word epiphainen. It is a verb that means "to shine upon," "to manifest," or "to make known."
ORDINARY TIME I
33. Closely connected with the salvific events of the Epiphany are the mysteries of the Baptism of the Lord and the manifestation of his glory at the marriage Feast of Cana.
34. Christmastide closes with the Baptism of the Lord. Only in recent times has the Feast been rehabilitated, and hence has not given rise to any particular displays of popular piety. However, the Feast presents an excellent opportunity for the faithful to be reminded of their rebirth as children of God in Baptism. (# 119, Directory of Popular Piety and the Liturgy; Principles and Guidelines; Vatican City, December, 2001)
35. Ordinary Time I begins with the Monday that immediately follows the Baptism of the Lord. It ends on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. During this part of the Liturgical Calendar, all the Sundays are numbered consecutively. (Consecutively means 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, etc...) During this time frame, the Liturgy of the word (Church readings) is devoted to the mysteries surrounding the life of Christ.
36. Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. It is a day of repentance and self-examination. It reaches its peak in Holy Week, the commemoration of our Lord's passion and death.
37. In the Roman Rite, the beginning of the forty days of penance is marked with the austere symbol of ashes which are used in the Liturgy of Ash Wednesday. The use of ashes is a survival from an ancient rite according to which converted sinners submitted themselves to canonical penance. The act of putting on ashes symbolizes fragility and mortality, and the need to be redeemed by the mercy of God. Far from being a merely external act, the Church has retained the use of ashes to symbolize that attitude of internal penance to which all the baptized are called during Lent. The faithful who come to receive ashes should be assisted in perceiving the implicit internal significance of this act, which disposes them towards conversion and renewed Easter commitment. (# 125, Directory of Popular Piety and the Liturgy; Principles and Guidelines; Vatican City, December, 2001)
38. The sacramental ashes are made from burned palms that were distributed during the previous year on Palm Sunday. The sacramental ashes remind us that we are dust and unto dust we shall return. A symbol of penance made sacramental by the blessing of the Church, the ashes help us to develop a spirit of humility and sacrifice.
39. Those who are physically healthy, they are called to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday and on all the Fridays during Lent. Fasting consists of one full meatless meal and other limited meatless meals as required to maintain strength. The sick, the young, the elderly are not required to fast. This sacrificial fasting and abstinence should be done with the goal of spiritual development and conversion.
40. Lent precedes and prepares for Easter. It is a time to hear the Word of God, to convert, to prepare for and remember Baptism, to be reconciled with God and one's neighbour, and of more frequent recourse to the "arms of Christian penance": prayer, fasting and good works (cf. Mt 6, 1-6. 16-18). (# 124, Directory of Popular Piety and the Liturgy; Principles and Guidelines; Vatican City, December, 2001)
41. Through several stages of Christian initiation, the Lenten liturgy prepares the catechumens for the paschal mystery. The faithful are reminded of their own baptism and prepared through the penitential practices.
42. Lent is a 40 day Liturgical Season that initiates the most sacred part of the Christian year. It begins on Ash Wednesday, covers 6 Sundays and ends at the Mass of the Lords Supper on the evening of Holy Thursday. During Lent, Catholics are called to meditate with awe and thanksgiving on the great Paschal mystery, the salvation God offers to us sinners through the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The season of Lent is a highlight in the Catholic calendar.
43. Because the Season of Lent is a time of penitence, reflection and prayer that is solemn and restrained, flowers are generally removed from the sanctuary. Songs of praise such as the Gloria in Excelsis and the Alleluias are removed from the Liturgical Calendar.
PASSION (PALM) SUNDAY
44. During Holy Week, the holiest time of the liturgical year, the faithful gather to relive the final week of our Lord's life.
THE EASTER TRIDUUM
45. Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, or Passion Sunday, which unites the royal splendour of Christ with the proclamation of his Passion".
46. "The procession, commemorating Christ's messianic entry into Jerusalem, is joyous and popular in character. The faithful usually keep palm or olive branches, or other greenery which have been blessed on Palm Sunday in their homes or in their work places.
47. The faithful, however, should be instructed as to the meaning of this celebration so that they might grasp its significance. They should be opportunely reminded that the important thing is participation at the procession and not only the obtaining of palm or olive branches. Palms or olive branches should not be kept as amulets, or for therapeutic or magical reasons to dispel evil spirits or to prevent the damage these cause in the fields or in the homes, all of which can assume a certain superstitious guise.
48. Palms and olive branches are kept in the home as a witness to faith in Jesus Christ, the messianic king, and in his Paschal Victory. (# 139, Directory of Popular Piety and the Liturgy; Principles and Guidelines; Vatican City, December, 2001)
49. Triduum is Latin for Great Three Days. The Easter Triduum, of 3 days duration, recalls the events of the First Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday.
50. Every year, the Church celebrates the great mysteries of the redemption of mankind in the "most sacred triduum of the crucifixion, burial and resurrection". The Sacred Triduum extends from the Mass of the Lord's Supper to Vespers on Easter Sunday and is celebrated "in intimate communion with Christ her Spouse". (# 140, Directory of Popular Piety and the Liturgy; Principles and Guidelines; Vatican City, December, 2001)
51. Good Friday is the second day of the Sacred Triduum. It is the solemn remembrance of the death of Jesus on the Holy Cross. Good Friday was formerly known as Gods Friday. In time, the name was corrupted and came to be known as Good Friday.
52. The Church celebrates the redemptive death of Christ on Good Friday. The Church meditates on the Lord's Passion in the afternoon liturgical action, in which she prays for the salvation of the world, adores the Cross and commemorates her very origin in the sacred wound in Christ's side [Jn. 19, 34].
53. In addition to the various forms of popular piety on Good Friday such as the Via Crucis, the passion processions are undoubtedly the most important. These correspond, after the fashion of popular piety, to the small procession of friends and disciples who, having taken the body of Jesus down from the Cross, carried it to the place where there "was a tomb hewn in the rock in which no one had yet been buried" (Lk 23, 53).
54. The procession of the "dead Christ" is usually conducted in austere silence, prayer, and the participation of many of the faithful, who intuit much of the significance of the Lord's burial. (# 142, Directory of Popular Piety and the Liturgy; Principles and Guidelines; Vatican City, December, 2001)
EASTER VIGIL (The Resurrection)
55. "On Holy Saturday, the Church pauses at the Lord's tomb, meditating his Passion and Death, his descent into Hell, and, with prayer and fasting, awaits his resurrection."
56. Popular piety should not be impervious to the peculiar character of Holy Saturday. The festive customs and practices connected with this day, on which the celebration of the Lord's resurrection was once anticipated, should be reserved for the vigil and for Easter Sunday. (# 146, Directory of Popular Piety and the Liturgy; Principles and Guidelines; Vatican City, December, 2001)
57. From antiquity, Holy Saturday, the third and last day of the Triduum has been known as the Great Vigil.
58. Easter is the greatest Feast of the liturgical year, the climax and center of the Catholic Liturgical Calendar. It celebrates the glorious Resurrection of the Lord Jesus at the Masses.
59. Easter Sunday, the greatest solemnity in the liturgical year, is often associated with many displays of popular piety: these are all cultic expressions which proclaim the new and glorious condition of the risen Christ, and the divine power released from his triumph over sin and death. (# 148, Directory of Popular Piety and the Liturgy; Principles and Guidelines; Vatican City, December, 2001)
60. The day of Easter, which varies from year to year, is celebrated on the Sunday that follows the first full moon after the vernal equinox, the day in Spring when there is a 12-hour day and a 12-hour night (March 20). (The Council of Nicea in A.D. 325) Easter can be as early as March 22 nd and as late as April 25th.
61. The Easter Season begins with the celebration of the Easter Vigil on Easter Sunday and ends 50 days later with Pentecost Sunday.
62. The fifty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost are celebrated in joyful exultation as one Feast day, or better as one great Sunday During this season, above all other, it is a time to sing the Alleluia.
63. The Ascension is celebrated on the 7th Sunday after Easter. It focuses on the entry of Jesus humanity into Divine glory in Gods heavenly Kingdom, 40 days after His Glorious Resurrection.
ORDINARY TIME II
64. Eastertide concludes with Pentecost Sunday, the fiftieth day, and its commemoration of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the apostles (cf. Acts 2, 1-4), the Church's foundation, and the beginning of its mission to all nations and peoples. The protracted celebration of the vigil Mass has a particular importance in cathedrals and some parishes, since it reflects the intense persevering prayer of the Christian community in imitation of the Apostles united in prayer with the Mother of Jesus.
65. The mystery of Pentecost exhorts us to prayer and commitment to mission and enlightens popular piety which is a continued sign of the presence of the Holy Spirit in the Church. He arouses faith, hope and charity, in the hearts [of the faithful] and those ecclesial virtues which make popular piety valuable. The same Spirit ennobles the numerous and varied ways of transmitting the Christian message according to the culture and customs of all times and places. (# 156, Directory of Popular Piety and the Liturgy; Principles and Guidelines; Vatican City, December, 2001)
66. Beginning on the Monday following Pentecost Sunday (mid-May to mid-June) until the Saturday before the 1st Sunday of Advent, Ordinary Time II is celebrated. The Sundays of this season do not celebrate any specific aspect of the mystery of Christ. Instead they are devoted to the mystery of Christ in all its aspects.
BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST (CORPUS CHRISTI)
67. On the First Sunday following Pentecost Sunday, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Trinity. On this Sunday, the Church rejoices in the revealed truth that God is triune, three-in-one, in the Father, in the Son and in the Holy Spirit.
ORDINARY TIME II (Continues...)
68. The Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ is observe on the Thursday following the solemnity of the Most Blessed Trinity. This Feast is both a doctrinal and cultic response to heretical teaching on the mystery of the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, and the apogee of an ardent devotional movement concentrated on the Sacrament of the Altar. It was extended to the entire Latin Church by Urban IV in 1264. (# 160, Directory of Popular Piety and the Liturgy; Principles and Guidelines; Vatican City, December, 2001)
SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST THE KING
69. The months during Ordinary Time II are a time of growth for its members as the church meditates on the Bible's teachings as they apply to the daily life of each believer.
DAYS OF OBLIGATION
70. The Solemnity of Christ the King commemorates the closing of the liturgical year. It reminds us that over and above being the universal King, Christ is the Head of the Body, the Church. His Divine reign stretches out from the alpha of time to the omega.
SOLEMNITIES, FEASTS, AND MEMORIALS
71. Throughout the liturgical year, the Catholic Church honours certain Feasts of Mary and the Saints. During these special Feasts, we are called to remember the lives of the Saints and to ask them to pray for us. While most days of obligation fall on a Sunday, there are special Feasts in the Liturgical Calendar that fall during the week.
72. The number of days of obligation may vary from country to country. For example, in the United States, the following 6 days of obligation are observed: Christmas Day (December 25); Mary, the Mother of God (January 1); the Ascension (7th Sunday of Easter); the Assumption of Mary (August 15); All Saints Day (November 1) and the Immaculate Conception (December 8).
73. In Canada, only 2 days of obligation are observed, these being: Christmas (December 25) and Mary, the Mother of God (January 1).
THE LITURGICAL COLOURS
74. Solemnities are the days of greatest importance and begin with the first vespers of the preceding day. (Vespers are the evening prayers.)
75. Feasts are celebrated within the limits of a natural day. They do not have first vespers, except Feasts of the Lord which fall on Sundays during Ordinary time, or during the Christmas Season.
76. Memorials may be obligatory or optional.
77. As you may have observed, during the liturgy, the colors in which the priest is dressed and the colour in which the Church is decorated varies depending on the Seasons, the Feast, funerals, etc...
78. The Catholic Church uses the following guideline regarding what colour should be used:
79. White represents purity and joy. It is used in the seasons of Easter and of Christmas; during the celebrations of Our Lord (except His Passion), Feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mary, of the Holy Angels, and of Saints who were not martyred, on the solemnities of Trinity Sunday, All Saints (1 November), the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist (24 June), the Feasts of Saint John the Evangelist (27 December), the Chair of Saint Peter (22 February), and the Conversion of Saint Paul (25 January). In some countries, it may be used for Funerals.
80. Red represents charity. It is used on Palm Sunday of the Lords Passion, Good Friday, on Pentecost Sunday, on celebrations of the Lords Passion, on birthday Feasts of the Apostles and Evangelists, and on celebrations of martyred Saints.
81. Green represents hope. It is used in Ordinary Time.
82. Violet represents charity, expectation, purification, or penance. It is used in the seasons of Advent and of Lent. It may also be worn for Funerals.
83. Rose: It is used on the 3rd Sunday of Advent and the 4th Sunday of Lent (optional).
84. Black: It is used for Funerals (optional), Masses for the Dead and All Souls Day (optional).
85. As a general rule, Weddings and Funerals can take place throughout the liturgical year. Weddings are discouraged but permissible during lent (from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday). Weddings may not be celebrated during the Holy Week, that is the week before Easter Sunday. Funerals may not be celebrated during the Easter Triduum, the three days before Easter. Also, funerals may not be celebrated before or during Christmas and New Year when these fall on a weekday.
Thanks for this, I am saving it to better teach my children....
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