EPISCOPAL CHURCH SEASONS
The Church Year is ordered by six seasons that each celebrate a part of Christian faith and life. The Episcopal Church Seasons are determined by the dates of Easter Sunday and Christmas Day. They are Advent season, Christmas season, Epiphany season, Lenten season, Holy Week, Easter season, the season after Pentecost (Ordinary Time). You can most easily tell what season we are in by the color of the clergy's vestments and the altar cloth hangings, although some seasons are represented by the same color . The colors are white, red, purple, and green.
We Are Currently Celebrating
Lent is 40 days long (not counting Sundays, which are always feast days). Lent reflects the 40 days Jesus was tested in the wilderness after his baptism in the Jordan River. It begins on Ash Wednesday with the imposition of ashes and the words "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return," to remind us that we are mortal. Only through God's merciful gift (Jesus), which we celebrate every Sunday and especially at Easter, can we hope to have eternal life. For thousands of years, covering oneself with sackcloth and ashes has been a sign of mourning. Early Christians also used these symbols as signs of repentance. Liturgies during Lent penitential in nature, often beginning in silence and with the general confession of the people. The color used is purple, signifying the penitent mood of Lent.on of Christ to the peoples of the earth. ed on the First Sunday after the Epiphany.