The church year is full of special services and commemorations to remember the life, death, and resurrection of Christ Jesus. The church year (also known as the liturgical year) also commemorates other special dates in the church, such as the coming of the Holy Spirit in Pentecost and honoring the Trinity in Holy Trinity Sunday.
These are a few of the special days we observe this year:
The Epiphany of Our Lord (6 January 2019) – Epiphany is from a Greek word, meaning to “reveal” or “make manifest.”. This day marks the beginning of the Epiphany season when we focus on the revelation of “who” Jesus is: both true God and man.
The Baptism of Our Lord (14 January 2019) – also referred to as 1st Sunday of Epiphany.
The Transfiguration of Our Lord (3 March 2019) – This day commemorates the transfiguration or metamorphosis of Christ on Mount Tabor, when our Lord appeared in His divine glory before the Apostles Peter, James, and John.
Ash Wednesday (6 March 2019) – Ash Wednesday, a day of fasting is the first day of Lent.
Palm Sunday (14 April 2019) – the Sunday before Easter, when the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem is celebrated in many Christian churches by processions in which palm fronds are carried. The beginning of the Holy Week.
Maundy Thursday (18 April 2019) – the Thursday before Easter, observed in the Christian Church as a commemoration of the Last Supper.
Good Friday (19 April 2019) – the Friday before Easter Sunday, on which the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ is commemorated in the Christian Church. It is traditionally a day of fasting and penance.
Easter Sunday (21 April 2019) – commemorates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from death, as written in the Christian bible.
Day of Pentecost (9 June 2019) – the festival celebrating the descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples of Jesus after his Ascension, held on the seventh Sunday after Easter.
The Holy Trinity (16 June 2019) – celebrates the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, the three Persons of God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Reformation Sunday (27 October 2019) – celebrated on October 31 (or the closest Sunday), alongside All Hallows’ Eve, in remembrance of the Reformation. It is celebrated among various Protestants, especially by Lutheran and Reformed church communities.
All Saints’ Sunday (3 November 2019) – in honour of all the saints, known and unknown.
Last Sunday of the Church Year (24 November 2019) – Advent begins on 1 December 2019.
Christmas Day (25 December 2019) – Christmas (which means “Feast day of Christ”) is a special celebration to commemorate the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Download the lectionary reading for the year here (Year C).