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Resources for The Church Year

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The Seasons of the Church Year

The cycle of church seasons that comprise the Christian Church calendar, including links to specific seasons and related articles.

The Colors of the Church Year

A color chart showing the various colors used in the sanctuary for the seasons of the Christian Church Year, as well as the dates for the current year.

The Church Year: Advent

The Christian Season of Advent from a Protestant perspective, including the meaning of the symbols used to celebrate it and its theological significance as part of Christian worship.

The Jesse Tree

The Jesse Tree is a unique Advent calendar that can be adapted in a variety of worship contexts and children's activities.

The Church Year: Christmas

The Christian Season of Christmas, its meaning, and its place in Christian worship.

Christian Symbols: Christmas Ornaments

Illustrations and meaning of a variety of traditional Christian symbols as displayed on Christmas ornaments for the sanctuary.

The Church Year: The Twelve Days of Christmas

Significance of The Twelve Days between Christmas and Epiphany, as well as suggested ways to use the the popular song to teach basics of the Christian Faith.

The Church Year: Epiphany

The Christian Season of Epiphany, the climax of the season of Advent and Christmas, and its place in the church year, including a reflective prayer.

The Church Year: Lent

The Christian Season of Lent from a Protestant perspective; includes theological reflections on the significance of Lent as part of the celebration of Easter.

The Church Year: The Days of Holy Week

The days of Holy Week (Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday) as the climax of Lent and preparation for Easter, focusing on the significance of each in Christian theology and worship.

The Church Year: Easter Resurrection Sunday

The Christian Season of Easter or Resurrection Day from a Protestant perspective, including ways to celebrate it and its theological significance as part of Christian worship.

What Was in Jeremy's Egg? The Lesson Of Easter From an Unlikely Child

A heart-warming true story that illustrates the meaning of the Resurrection.

The Church Year: Pentecost

The Season of the Christian Church Year known as Pentecost, its history from the Old Testament, and its significance as an aspect of Christian theology and worship.

The Church Year: Ordinary Time

Information about the part of the Christian Church Year known as Ordinary Time, the counted Sundays following Epiphany and Pentecost.

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