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Welcome to the Church Year : An Introduction to the Seasons of the Episcopal Church - Vicki Black

Welcome to the Church Year

An Introduction to the Seasons of the Episcopal Church

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From birthday cakes and anniversary dinners to summer vacations at the beach, each family has its own ways of marking the days and seasons of its life. For the Christian family--especially Episcopalians--it's no different. With an array of colors and an assortment of rich traditions, Episcopalians move through the Church year, marking the days and seasons that tell the story of Christ in our lives--in history and today.

This book--written for newcomers to the Episcopal Church as well as lifelong members--takes readers by the hand and leads them through the Church year, from the first Sunday of Advent through the last Sunday of Pentecost, answering questions like "Why do we use purple in Lent?" and "What does Maundy Thursday mean?" In an easy-to-read conversational style, Welcome to the Church Year introduces readers to the traditions of the Church seasons and explains why we do what we do. But it does more than offer interesting trivia about church vestments and pageantry. Its insights can help readers participate in the liturgies of the Church year in a deeper, more meaningful way.

Welcome to the Church Yearp. 1
What Is the Church Year?p. 2
Time in the Church Yearp. 3
The Two Cycles of the Church Yearp. 5
The Development of the Liturgical Calendarp. 6
The Lectionaryp. 9
Traditions of the Christian Yearp. 10
Questions for Further Thought and Discussionp. 13
Adventp. 15
Advent Themesp. 15
Advent Traditionsp. 17
The Advent Wreathp. 17
The Advent Calendarp. 19
St. Nicholasp. 19
Advent Lessons and Carolsp. 20
The Sunday Liturgy in Adventp. 21
The Lectionaryp. 22
The Blessingsp. 25
Questions for Further Thought and Discussionp. 26
Christmasp. 27
Christmas Themesp. 28
Christmas Servicesp. 31
The Lectionaryp. 32
The Twelve Days of Christmasp. 34
The Holy Namep. 35
Christmas Lessons and Carolsp. 36
Questions for Further Thought and Discussionp. 38
The Epiphanyp. 39
Epiphany Themesp. 40
The Feast of the Epiphanyp. 41
The Baptism of Our Lordp. 43
The Sundays after the Epiphanyp. 44
Holy Days in Epiphanyp. 46
Epiphany Blessingsp. 47
Questions for Further Thought and Discussionp. 49
Lentp. 51
Lenten Themesp. 53
Lenten Traditionsp. 55
Spiritual Disciplinesp. 56
The Way of the Crossp. 57
Ash Wednesdayp. 57
The Sunday Liturgy in Lentp. 60
The Penitential Orderp. 61
The Great Litanyp. 62
The Catechumenatep. 63
The Lectionaryp. 63
The Prayer over the Peoplep. 64
The Weekdays of Lentp. 65
Questions for Further Thought and Discussionp. 66
Holy Weekp. 67
Holy Week in the Early Churchp. 68
Holy Week in the Episcopal Church Todayp. 71
Palm Sundayp. 73
The Liturgy of the Palmsp. 74
The Sunday of the Passionp. 75
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in Holy Weekp. 77
Tenebraep. 78
Maundy Thursdayp. 79
The Lessonsp. 80
The Footwashingp. 83
The Reserved Sacramentp. 85
The Lord's Supperp. 86
The Stripping of the Altarp. 86
The Night Vigilp. 87
Good Fridayp. 88
The Lessonsp. 89
The Solemn Collectsp. 90
The Veneration of the Crossp. 91
Communion from the Reserved Sacramentp. 92
Holy Saturdayp. 93
Questions for Further Thought and Discussionp. 94
Easter to Pentecostp. 95
Easter Themesp. 97
Easter Traditionsp. 99
The Easter Vigilp. 100
The Service of Lightp. 101
The Service of Lessonsp. 103
Christian Initiationp. 103
The Holy Eucharistp. 103
Easter Dayp. 104
Easter Week and the Great Fifty Daysp. 104
The Sunday Liturgy in Easterp. 106
The Ascensionp. 107
The Day of Pentecostp. 109
Questions for Further Thought and Discussionp. 112
The Season after Pentecostp. 113
Trinity Sundayp. 114
Themes in the Season after Pentecostp. 118
Holy Daysp. 120
The Transfigurationp. 121
All Saints' Dayp. 122
The Last Sunday after Pentecostp. 123
Questions for Further Thought and Discussionp. 126
Notesp. 127
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ISBN: 9780819219664
ISBN-10: 0819219665
Series: Welcome to the Episcopal Church
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 1st October 2004
Publisher: Church Publishing Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.9  x 0.99
Weight (kg): 0.18
Edition Number: 1