The Liturgical Year

In the Liturgical Year, the Church celebrates the whole mystery of Christ from the Incarnation to the day of Pentecost and the expectation of Christ’s second coming. The summit of the Liturgical Year is the Easter Triduum. The presence of the Risen Lord and his saving work permeates the entire Liturgical Year: the year begins with Advent, then the Christmas Season. The Baptism of the Lord marks the end of the Christmas Season and Ordinary Time begins on Monday after the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. This year the readings for Sunday are from Cycle B and the weekday day readings are Cycle 2. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (14th February this year) and brings us through to Holy Week and the Easter Triduum. The Easter Season runs from Easter Sunday (March 31st) through to Pentecost and then Ordinary Time begins again through to the week beginning with the Feast of Christ the King.