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Liturgical year 2011 12

  2. 2. The Liturgical Year• The liturgical year is the arrangement of the Church’s celebrations of the various events in the life of Christ and the mysteries of our faith throughout the year.• Comprises a cycle of seasons & feasts celebrated by the Church during a 12 month period.• The seasons & feast days recall & celebrate the mysteries of Christ – His life, death & resurrection; as well as the love, devotion, faithfulness & holiness that surrounded His Mother, Mary, & the other Saints.
  3. 3. First Sundayof Advent27th Nov 2011 2011/2012
  4. 4. ADVENT From Latin “adventus” meaning arriving or coming. Period of joyous, devout & expectant anticipation & preparation for both the celebration of Jesus’ birth & his expected second coming. Scripture readings focus on God’s promise to send a saviour to deliver us from sin & death. It is a time to take life a little more slowly, and to focus on what we need to do to allow God to more fully enter our heart.
  5. 5. ADVENT Period of waiting is marked with Advent Wreath with 4 candles, symbolizing the hopefulness of evergreens, the eternal love of God expressed in the circle without beginning or end, & the candle flames pushing out the darkness to make way for Christ, the Light of the world. The Crib reminds us of what we are anticipating. Liturgical colour: Purple (symbolizes penance), third week rose/pink (joy).
  6. 6. Christmas Day25th Dec 2011
  7. 7. CHRISTMAS• Begins with Christmas Eve Mass.• Celebrates the birthday of our LordJesus Christ – “ the Word became flesh& dwelt among us” John 1:14.• A holy day of rejoicing & thanksgiving.• Christmas season lasts till Feast of theBaptism of Jesus.
  8. 8. CHRISTMAS• During this season we celebrateJesus’ early childhood events: oFeast of the Holy Family (27 Dec), oSolemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of God (Jan 1), oSolemnity of the Epiphany (Jan 8)• Themes: Joy, peace, Christ as Lightof the world, The Incarnation• Liturgical colour: White(purity, holiness)• Christmas is second in importance toEaster.
  9. 9. Baptism of the Lord9th January 2012
  10. 10. Ordinary Time Root word “ordinal” means “the counted weeks”. Begins on the day following Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord, & ends on the day before Ash Wed which marks the beginning of Lent. Next year 2012, Ordinary Time starts 10th Jan, ends 21st Feb. Ash Wed on 22nd Feb. This period allows us to reflect on the mysteries of Christ just celebrated; also provides for celebration of other solemnities, feasts days & memorials of Saints of the Church. Main focus of readings is Christ’s earthly ministry. Liturgical colour: Green symbolizing growth of spiritual life.
  11. 11. Ash Wednesday22nd February 2012
  12. 12. Lent & Holy Week• Lent begins with Ash Wednesday and lasts for 40 days.• Period of penance & purification, renewed repentance of our sins, a new turning to God, to get ourselves ready to celebrate Easter.• On Ash Wed we put ashes on our foreheads to signify repentance & sorrow for our sins.• During Lent we perform acts of penance – includes fasting & abstinence, prayers, sacrifices & almsgiving.
  13. 13. Palm Sunday1st April 2012
  14. 14. Holy weekASHWED Passion Sun (Palm Sunday) Holy Good Holy Thursday Friday Sat LENT Service Vigil Chrism Mass+ Prayer (God)+ Fasting (Self) Veneration Mass Mass of the of the Cross (Baptism)+ Almsgiving(Neighbour) Lord’s Supper Holy week recalls Jesus’ passage from life & death to the glory of his resurrection. Holy week starts with Palm Sunday & ends in the 3 days of Easter Triduum – Holy Thursday, Good Friday & Holy Saturday
  15. 15. Good Friday – 6 AprilHoly Saturday – 7 AprilEaster Sunday – 8 April
  16. 16. Holy Thursday recalls Jesus’ last supper withHis disciples, when He instituted theSacrament of the Eucharist & the Holy Orderof Priesthood.Good Friday commemorates his sufferings &death. On this day Mass is notcelebrated, only a communion service, wherethe cross is venerated.Holy Saturday commemorates the day Jesuslay in the tomb. There is no daytimeMass, until midnight when the Easter VigilMass is celebrated - Christ has risen from thedead, conquering death!This marks the beginning of Easter.
  17. 17. EASTER!!!• Celebrates the resurrection of Jesus.• The Pascal Candle is lighted to signify that Christ as Light of the world has triumphed over sin & death.• Themes: New life in Christ, Light, Christian victory• Liturgical colour: White, often with gold.• During Vigil Mass, the singing of the Gloria & the Alleluia ring out with the bells ringing, to express our joy
  18. 18. EASTER!!!• The Easter event of God raising Jesus to life is crucial to the Christian faith.• Through the resurrection of Jesus, Christians believe that God our Creator offers salvation & hope to all humanity.• Traditionally, it is also the time for all catechumens to be baptized on Easter Vigil.• Easter season lasts for 50 days, ending on Pentecost Sunday.
  19. 19. Pentecost Sunday27th May 2012
  20. 20. Ordinary Time 2• After Pentecost we enter Ordinary Time again.• During this period, the mystery of Christ in all its fullness is celebrated & reflected on. Special Sunday celebrations like Holy Trinity Sunday, Corpus Christi & Christ the King, help accomplish this purpose.• Solemnity of Christ the King marks the end of the Church Year, & a new cycle begins.• Themes: Growth, journey in Christ• Liturgical colour: Green
  21. 21. Christ theKing25th Nov 2012
  22. 22. Some things that you can share …1. How has your journey been in the RCIA so far?2. Any good experiences?3. Any bad experiences?4. Any difficulties or obstacles?5. How is your prayer life?6. How is your relationship with God?7. Where are you in your journey?8. Are you ready to be baptised as a Catholic?9. Any questions?
  23. 23. BREAKTIME !!!
  24. 24. Liturgical celebrations are grouped into 3 categories, by order of importance:-Solemnities: Highest order. Commemorate an event, a person or a belief of the highest significance in salvation history e.g. Christmas, Easter, Pentecost, Christ the King, the Immaculate Conception of Mary.Feast Days: Commemorate the astonishing actions of God; give him thanks for them; perpetuate their remembrance & teach new generations to conform their conduct to them e.g. Feast of the Holy Family, Baptism of Jesus, Birth of Mary.Memorials: Give glory to God for martyrs & Saints, whose examples encourage the faithful on their pilgrim journey to the heavenly Father e.g. St. Francis Xavier (Dec 3), St Anthony of Padua (June 13)
  25. 25. THE LECTIONARY CYCLE• The Lectionary is a book ofScripture readings used duringMass.• Term means “gathering orselection of readings”.• Every day of the yearappropriate Scripture texts areprescribed & proclaimed in ourMasses. This is the LectionaryCycle.
  26. 26. THE LECTIONARY CYCLESundays • 3 Readings: 1st – OT, 2nd – NT; 3rd – Gospel • Responsorial Psalm after the 1st reading • 3-year cycle. A: Mathew; B: Mark; C: LukeWeekdays • 2 Readings: 1st – OT or NT; 2nd – Gopsel • Responsorial Psalm after the 1st reading • 2-year cycle – 1 & 2.
  27. 27. light innocenceOrdinary Advent purityTime Christmas joy Ordinary triumph TimeEaster Lent Holy Wee k
  28. 28. the Passion Advent bloodOrdinary fireTime Christmas Gods Love Ordinary martyrdom TimeEaster Lent Holy Wee k
  29. 29. Ordinary AdventTime Christmas Ordinary TimeEaster Lent Holy Wee k
  30. 30. Ordinary AdventTime Christmas Ordinary TimeEaster Lent Holy Wee k
  31. 31. Ordinary AdventTime Christmas Ordinary TimeEaster Lent Holy Wee k
  32. 32. Ordinary AdventTime Christmas Ordinary TimeEaster Lent Holy Wee k
  33. 33. The Deeper Meaning“Recalling the mysteries of redemption, theChurch opens to the faithful the riches of theLord’s powers and merits, so that these are insome way made present in every age in orderthat the faithful may lay hold on them and be filledwith saving grace” (Constitution on the Liturgy,102).
  34. 34. LITURGICAL YEAR• Restoring Sacred Time• Remembering the Past• The Present Offer of Grace• The Divine Future