How should time be marked? Who gets to make this decision?
Should we go from New Years Eve, to Valentine’s Day, to Mother’s and Father’s Day to July 4th, etc? That of course is all fine. We are not against culture. But we are trying to find a new way to be in culture. That way is found in a Person and his Story. Check out the video and descriptions below to see how Christians mark time in order to mark their lives.
- Advent prepares us to celebrate Christ’s first coming and his second coming to judge the living and the dead.
- Christmas is the anniversary of our Lord’s birth.
- Epiphany (January 6) which, with the following Sunday, speaks of the glory of God revealed in Christ.
- Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and lasts 40 days, excluding Sundays. This period recalls the 40 days of our Lord’s temptation. It is a season of penitence and fasting in preparation for Easter.
- Holy Week opens with Palm Sunday and leads our thoughts through our Lord’s Passion from his entry into Jerusalem, through the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday, to his Crucifixion on Good Friday and his lying in the grave on Easter Eve.
- Easter is the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. The season of rejoicing extends through the 40 days after Easter.
- Pentecost celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Jesus’ disciples (the Church) as described in the Book of Acts, chapter 2. The season after Pentecost continues for the rest of the Church year until the beginning of Advent.
- Other events of our Lord’s life and those great men and women of God in the New Testament and the life of the Church are commemorated throughout the year on Holy Days or Saints’ Day.