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The Church's Year

Just like the calendar year, the Church Year has seasons and festivals. Each season or special day has its own colour on the altar and the vestments, which indicates the significance of that season.

Advent

The year starts with the season of Advent, which always begins on a Sunday - called the first Sunday of Advent - and lasts until Christmas Eve. The colour used is purple – symbol of solemn preparation. Read more ....

Christmas

Christmas, the festival of the Birth of Jesus Christ, starts on 25th December. The colour used throughout the Christmas season is white or gold as a sign of celebration and joy. The full Christmas season lasts for 40 days, ending on 2nd February with Candlemas. Read more ....

Lent

After Candlemas was soon move into Lent. - from an old word meaning ‘Spring‘, the period of forty weekdays from Ash Wednesday until Easter Eve. The colour is purple, a symbol of penitence, turning away from our sins and back to God. Read more ....

Easter

Easter is the greatest Christian festival, the festival of the Resurrection – Rising Again – of Jesus from the dead. The colour throughout the Easter season is white or gold. Read more ....

Ascension Day

Forty days after Easter Day comes Ascension Day still using gold or white as the seasonal colour. This is always a Thursday and is the day we remember Jesus returning to heavenly glory and going to prepare a place for us. Read more ....

Pentecost or Whit Sunday

Ten days after Ascension Day comes Pentecost or Whit Sunday. It is the festival of the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles. The colour used is red, symbolising the fire of the Holy Spirit. Read more ....

Trinity Sunday

The next Sunday is Trinity Sunday (colour white), which is not about an event, but about a doctrine. Read more ....

Other Special Days

After Trinity Sunday the Church’s year continues with a large number of Sundays after Trinity, during which the main colour is green - for spiritual growth. The Trinity Season ends in late November as we prepare to begin the year again at Advent. Read more ....

 

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