About "This Week At Mass"
"This Week at Mass" is a page to help you connect to the readings and celebration of each week in the Church year. It is my intention to have a link to the readings as well as videos and activities to make the celebration come alive in your homes. Please pull down on the tab to see what is in store for this week.
The Liturgical Year
The Liturgical Year consists of the cycle of liturgical seasons in Christian churches that determines when feast days, including celebrations of saints, are to be observed, and which portions of Scripture are to be read either in an annual cycle or in a cycle of several years. Distinct liturgical colors may appear in connection with different seasons of the liturgical year.
ADVENT is the start of the Liturgical Year. There are 4 Sunday's in Advent (but not always 4 weeks - it depends on when Christmas falls within the week. It is a period waiting - waiting for the King to be born in history and in our hearts. The liturgical color is purple.
CHRISTMAS is the SEASON beginning on Christmas Eve with the start of the first Mass and concluding with the Baptism of the Lord. The focus of this season is the Birth of Jesus the Savior. The Liturgical Color is White or Gold
ORDINARY TIME is really two periods within the Church year. It "ordinary" for two reasons - it marks the "ordinal" counted weeks of the Church year. It also is focused on the everyday stories of Jesus' life and ministry. By all means NOT ordinary. There are usually 33 or 34 weeks of Ordinary Time - with a few between Christmas and the start of Lent. The Liturgical Color is Green
LENT is the 40 days that lead up to Easter. It begins Wednesday and ends with start of the Mass of the Last Supper on Holy Thursday. Because Easter is not a fixed date the start of Lent varies each year. During these 40 days the Church focus on the disciplines of Prayer, Fasting & Almsgiving. It is a penitential season so the Liturgical Color is purple.
EASTER is again a SEASON not just a single day. It is a period of 50 days beginning at the Vigil on Holy Saturday and ending with the feast of Pentecost. It is the season we celebrate the NEW LIFE we have in the Risen Christ - a focus on how we are called to live as disciples. The Liturgical Color is White or Gold.
ORDINARY TIME - again. Then, after a few special feasts and celebration (Pentecost, Corpus Christi & Trinity Sunday) the Church continues with it ordinal weeks of Ordinary time.