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THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Advent – celebrates the coming or birth of Christ
Advent is the beginning of the church new year (any day between November 27 and December 3; always contains four Sundays; ends Christmas Eve). The traditional liturgical color is purple (violet), blue is gaining popularity.
Christmas begins Christmas Day and lasts for 12 days. The liturgical color is white.
Epiphany begins the first Sunday in January and varies in length depending on the date set for Easter. It lasts until Septuagesima Sunday, 64 days before Easter. For the first and last Sundays, the liturgical color is white, for Ash Wednesday, it is purple, and for the other days, it is green.
Lent is the season lasting forty-six days (not counting Sundays) beginning Ash Wednesday and ending the eve of Easter. The liturgical color is purple (violet). On Good Friday, black is substituted.
Easter begins on Easter Sunday and continues for fifty days until Pentecost. The liturgical color is white and gold.
Pentecost begins the “fiftieth day” after Easter and is longest season of the church year. It lasts until the first Sunday in Advent. The liturgical color for the first Sunday is red; Trinity, Christ the King, All Saints Day is white. The liturgical color for all other Sundays following Pentecost Sunday is green.
Some Prominent Seasons are as follows:
Lent – observes a season of penitence (fasting and praying)
Ash Wednesday – addresses sin and death
Palm Sunday – signals the upcoming end of Lent and the beginning of Holy Week
Holy/Maundy Thursday – the word “Maundy” comes from the Latin word for ‘command’ (man datum)
Good Friday – a day of mourning
Pentecost commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and women followers of Jesus, fifty days after Easter, and ten days after Ascension Thursday. After the ascension of Jesus, the apostles having retired to a house at Jerusalem, they there waited for the Holy Spirit, which Jesus had promised. (Read Acts 2:1-3) The Season of Pentecost celebrates that first Pentecost when all those who believed in Jesus Christ were gathered awaiting the coming of the Holy Ghost. Their being on one accord was a result of things unseen that created an atmosphere celebrating their differences, and made them one.