Christmastide

Christmastide Christmastide (also Christmas or the Christmas season) is one of the seasons of the liturgical year of most Christian churches. It tends to be defined (with slight variations) as the period from Christmas Eve to Epiphany.[1][2] This period is also commonly known as the Twelve Days of Christmas, as referred to in the Christmas carol of the same name, or Yuletide, as in “Deck the Halls“. Liturgical year Western Advent Christmastide Ordinary Time Septuagesima/Pre-Lent/Shrovetide Lent Holy Week Paschal Triduum […]

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All Saints Day

All Saints’ Day Painting by Fra Angelico Also called All Hallows Observed by Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodoxy, Anglican Communion, Lutheranism[1] and Methodism,[2] among other Christian denominations Liturgical Color White Type Christian, Jewish Observances Church services Date 1 November (Western Christianity) Sunday after Pentecost (Eastern Christianity) Frequency annual Related to Hallowe’en All Souls’ Day Day of the Dead Samhain All Saints’ Day, also known as All Hallows, Solemnity of All Saints,[3] or Feast of All Saints)[4] is a solemnity celebrated on 1 November by […]

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Solemnity

A solemnity is a feast day of the highest rank in the liturgical calendar of the Roman Rite, celebrating a mystery of faith such as the Trinity, an event in the life of Jesus, his mother Mary, or another important saint.

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Season of Advent

This article is about the Western Christian practice. For Eastern Christian practice, see Nativity Fast. For other uses, see Advent (disambiguation). Advent An acolyte lighting Advent candles Observed by Christians Type Christian, cultural Significance Preparation for the commemoration of the birth of Jesus Observances Church services, gift giving, family and other social gatherings, symbolic decorating Duration 21-28 days Frequency annual Related to Christmastide, Christmas Eve, Annunciation, Epiphany, Baptism of the Lord, Nativity Fast, Nativity of Christ, Yule Advent is a season observed […]

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Feast of the Annunciation

The Feast of the Annunciation marks the visit of the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary, during which he told her that she would be the mother of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It is celebrated on 25 March each year.[1] It is a principal Marian feast.[2] Two examples that highlight the importance of this feast are the first joyful mystery of the Rosary and the Angelus.[3]Here is recorded the “angelic salutation” of Gabriel to Mary, ‘Hail, full of […]

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Paschal Triduum

Christ Washing the Feet of the Apostles by Meister des Hausbuches, 1475 (Gemäldegalerie, Berlin Easter Triduum, Holy Triduum, Paschal Triduum, or The Three Days,[1] is the period of three days that begins with the liturgy on the evening of Maundy Thursday (the vigil of Good Friday)[2][3] and ends with evening prayer on Easter Sunday, the three-day period therefore from the evening of Maundy Thursday (excluding most of Thursday) to the evening of Resurrection Sunday.[2] It recalls the passion, death, burial, […]

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Lent

This article is about Lent in Western Christianity. For Lent in Orthodox Christianity, see Great Lent. For other uses, see Lent (disambiguation). An image of Our Lady of Solitude and Jesus Christ the Nazarene during a public religious procession during Lent. The Friday of Sorrows, Jardin, Colombia. Pious Catholic women designated as annual honorees called “Hermana Mayores” clutching their standard banners along with privileged posts at religious processions. The appointed women don their most elegant black formal attire accessorized by […]

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Ordinary Time

Liturgical year Western Advent Christmastide Ordinary Time Septuagesima/Pre-Lent/Shrovetide Lent Holy Week Paschal Triduum Eastertide Pentecost Ordinary Time Eastern Nativity Fast Christmastide Ordinary Time Septuagesima/Pre-Great Lent Great Lent Eastertide Apostles’ Fast Ordinary Time Ordinary Time refers to season of the Christian liturgical calendar, particularly the calendar of the ordinary form of the Roman rite of the Catholic Church, although some other churches in Western Christianity also use the term. In this context, the English name “Ordinary” translates the Latin term ordinalis […]

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Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday A cross of ashes on a worshipper’s forehead on Ash Wednesday Observed by Many Western Christians Type Christian[1] Observances Service of worship or Mass Marking of an ash cross on the forehead Date Wednesday in seventh week before Easter 2013 date February 13 2014 date March 5 2015 date February 18 2016 date February 10 Frequency annual Related to Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras Lent Easter Liturgical year Western Advent Christmastide Ordinary Time Septuagesima/Pre-Lent/Shrovetide Lent Holy Week Paschal Triduum Eastertide Pentecost Ordinary Time Eastern Nativity Fast […]

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Pentecost

This article is about the Christian holiday. For the Jewish holiday, see Shavuot. For other uses, see Pentecost (disambiguation). Pentecost An icon of the Christian Pentecost, in the Greek Orthodox tradition. This is the Icon of the Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles. At the bottom is an allegorical figure, called Kosmos, which symbolizes the world. Observed by Roman Catholics, Protestants, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Anglicans and other Christians. Type Christian Significance Celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit […]

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