The Church Year consists of two cycles of feasts and holy days: one is dependent upon the
movable date of the Sunday of the Resurrection or Easter Day; the other, upon the fixed date
of December 25, the Feast of our Lord’s Nativity or Christmas Day. Easter Day is always the
first Sunday after the full moon that falls on or after March 21. It cannot occur before March 22
or after April 25.

The sequence of all Sundays of the Church Year depends upon the date of Easter Day. But
the Sundays of Advent are always the four Sundays before Christmas Day, whether it occurs
on a Sunday or a weekday. The date of Easter also determines the beginning of Lent on Ash
Wednesday, and the feast of the Ascension on a Thursday forty days after Easter Day.

Please note the references to 'BCP' is an acronym for 'Book of Common Prayer'.  There is an
web version or 'online' BCP linked on the
Episcopal Religion Page.

Advent is the season before Christmas. Advent begins the Liturgical Year, and it is always the
four Sundays before Christmas day.  It is a penitential time and purple is the liturgical color for
the season.  

The Sundays and weekdays between Epiphany and Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent)
are known as Epiphany Season

Lent is the season that the church observes before Easter (March 27, 2016). Lent begins on
Ash Wednesday (February 10, 2016). Lent is traditionally 40 days (there are a few ways to
count those 40 days – try it!). It is a time of preparation for Baptism, and because of that it has
traditionally been a time for penitence, prayer, fasting, and spiritual renewal.

During Lent, purple vestments are worn, the word “alleluia” is not used during worship
services and the Rite II Eucharist will be replaced by the Great Litany for most of the services.

Throughout Lent the Outreach Committee collects money designated for a specific cause.

Ash Wednesday is February 10, 2016. There will be services announced for this important
start of Lent.

There will be posted a Lenten supper with a Stations of the Cross service to follow.

The week before Easter Sunday (March 27, 2016) is called Holy Week. It begins with
Palm/Passion Sunday (March 20, 2016), and includes the great Easter Triduum (Three
Days): Maundy Thursday (March 24, 2016), Good Friday (March 25, 2016), and Easter Vigil
(March 27, 2016 before sunrise). Over this week, the church observes its most ancient rites of

Easter Services at Saint Timothy's will begin at 10:00am and follow with an Easter brunch.

Pentecost is the great festival that marks the birth of the Christian church by the power of the
Holy Spirit. Pentecost means “fiftieth day” and is celebrated fifty days after Easter Sunday.
The Day of Pentecost is one of the seven principal feasts of the church year in the Episcopal
Church (BCP, p. 15), and is identified by the BCP as one of the feasts that is “especially
appropriate” for baptism (p. 312).

Pentecost & all Sundays after Pentecost
Saint Timothy's Episcopal Church
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