Upcoming Church Holidays

Just a reminder that we have pages on the following upcoming Church Holidays that may interest the readers that occasionally check out our blog. Check them out!

Next week begins Holy Week. The Sunday of Holy Week is Palm Sunday, which commemorates the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. The Thursday of Holy Week is called Holy Thursday, or in many churches, Maundy Thursday, and it is the day Christians recall the institution of the Eucharist and Ordination. Good Friday is when we celebrate the crucifixion and death of Jesus, which leads to Holy Saturday, when Jesus was in the tomb. Finally, this culminates in the feast of feasts, Easter Sunday and the Easter Season, which celebrates the glorious resurrection of the Lord.

Of note, in Catholicism, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter make up the Easter Triduum.

Happy Ascension Day 2010!

So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”  He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth.” And when he had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” Acts 1:6-11 (RSV)

Happy Solemnity of the Ascension (for most Catholics throughout the world, who celebrate it on the traditional date)

Shameless Lenten Plug

We have a lot of Lent resources over at ChurchYear.Net. These include Lent Prayers, Lent Canticles, and the Church Fathers Lenten Reading Plan. Also, we can’t forget about our main All About Lent page, which contains information and history about this major Church season.

Today is Epiphany (in most of the world at least!)

O God
Who on this day
through the guidance of a star
didst manifest
Thine Only-Begotten Son to the Gentiles;
mercifully grant
that we who know Thee now by faith,
may one day be brought
to the contemplation of the beauty of Thy majesty.
Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Happy Epiphany!

Christmas is Just Getting Started!

In secular society, the Christmas season, which generally runs from Halloween to December 25th is winding down. The parties are over, the radio stations have generally stopped playing Christmas music and the trees and decorations are on their way down. Only a few traditional Catholics and Anglicans keep the old custom of putting everything up on Christmas Eve. As much as I love the holiday songs, the decorations, and other secular activities, society gets the chronology all wrong, leaving out Ordinary Time and Advent Season.

Yet, for Catholics and other liturgical Christians, the fun is just getting started. We have the 12 days of Christmas (kind of, thanks to various bishops conferences), Holy Family feast, Epiphany/ Theophany, Solemnity of Mary Mother of God, and the baptism of our Lord. And, this doesn’t include the lesser feasts of Holy Innocents, St. John, and St. Stephen. And, the Christmas festivities have traditionally lasted until Presentation of the Lord (Feb. 2nd).

So, our liturgical and holiday fun is just starting, which is actually a pretty good way to avoid the post-holiday letdown that many people experience. We get to transition back to ordinary time and it’ll be the Lenten season before we know it!

Merry Christmas!

O Emmanuel…

O Emmanuel
King and our Lawgiver
Desire of the nations,
Savior of all people,
Come and set us free, Lord, our God!

– O Antiphon for Dec. 23rd

As posted on Advent Collects, and our ChurchYear.Net Facebook Fan Page

O King of the Nations…

O King of the Nations
the only glory of every human heart;
O Keystone of the mighty arch of man,
Come and save the creature you fashioned from the dust

– O Antiphon for Dec. 22nd

As posted on Advent Prayers, and our ChurchYear.Net Facebook Fan Page

O Radiant Dawn…

O Radiant Dawn,
Splendor of eternal light,
Sun of justice.
Come, shine on those who dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death

– O Antiphon for Dec. 21st

As posted on Catholic Advent Prayers, and our ChurchYear.Net Facebook Fan Page