The first season of the church year is Advent, during which we prepare for the birth of Christ at Christmas. Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas.
The season of Christmas is more than just the 25th of December. Christmas is actually twelve days - December 25th through January 5th.
January 6 begins the season of Epiphany when the light of Christ breaks out into the world.
Lent, the forty days of penitential preparation before Easter, begins on Ash Wednesday and is a time of reflection and penitence. Finding the date for Ash Wednesday can be interesting as it is based on Easter which is based on the Pascal moon. A liturgical calendar can be very handy!
>Holy Week is the week prior to Easter. The most deeply spiritual services of the year take place during this week in which we commemorate the last days of the life of Christ culminating in His resurrection on Easter Sunday.
During the Easter season, we focus particularly on the experiences of the risen Christ in the early Church.
Pentecost begins 50 days after Easter Sunday and continues until the end of the church year. Pentecost is when the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit and sent into the world and, for us is a season of spiritual growth and ministry.