The Christian Year
Marking Time By Jesus
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The Christian year refers to Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, Trinity, and the season after Trinity. These seasons shape the life of the Church by:
Addressing the problem of time
Celebrating God’s mighty acts of salvation
Teaching the historic Christian faith
Proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God
The following children’s song is a helpful guide through the Christian year:
Advent tells us Christ is near;
Christmas tells us Christ is here!
In Epiphany we trace
all the glory of his grace.
Those three Sundays before Lent
will prepare us to repent;
that in Lent we may begin
earnestly to mourn for sin.
Holy Week and Easter, then,
tell who died and rose again;
O that happy Easter Day!
"Christ is risen indeed," we say.
Yes, and Christ ascended, too,
to prepare a place for you;
so, we give him special praise,
after those great Forty Days.
Then, he sent the Holy Ghost,
on the Day of Pentecost,
with us ever to abide;
well may we keep Whitsuntide!
Last of all, we humbly sing
glory to our God and King,
glory to the One in Three,
on the Feast of Trinity.
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