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.

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ORDINARY TIME

This term is used in the Roman Catholic Church to indicate the parts of the liturgical year that are not included in the major seasons of the church calendar. Ordinary time includes the Monday after the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord through the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, and the Monday after Pentecost through the Saturday before the First Sunday of Advent. A vigil or other service anticipating the First Sunday of Advent on the Saturday before that Sunday would also be included in the season of Advent. Ordinary time can be understood in terms of the living out of Christian faith and the meaning of Christ's resurrection in ordinary life. The term "ordinary time" is not used in the Prayer Book, but the season after Pentecost can be considered ordinary time. It may be referred to as the "green season," because green is the usual liturgical color for this period of the church year.