How the Liturgical Year is Significant

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There are many components to the liturgical year which make it very complex. Some of these components include special seasons, feasts, symbols, and colours which have to be attended to. The following paragraphs will discuss these ideas with more detail.

Initially, there are many seasons in the liturgical year that all have an important significance attached with them (“Liturgical Calendar”, st-augustine-church.org). These seasons are Advent, Christmas, Ordinary Time, Lent, Triduum, and Easter (“Liturgical Calendar”, st-augustine-church.org).

The Advent season has a very important significance (“Advent and Christmas”, catholic-resources.org). Advent is significant because Catholics are preparing themselves and their hearts for the coming of Jesus Christ (“Advent and Christmas”, catholic-resources.org). Advent is also significant because it is a season that marks the beginning of a new liturgical year (“Advent and Christmas”, catholic-resources.org). This season is intended to prepare people for the Christmas season that is coming (“Advent and Christmas”, catholic-resources.org).

The season of Advent begins approximately four weeks before Christmas and ends on the feast of Christmas, which officially begins the Christmas season (Zanzig & Allaire 254).

The Christmas season also bears a very important meaning (“Christmas”, religionfacts.com). It is the season that begins with the celebration of Jesus’ birth (“Christmas”, religionfacts.com). During the Christmas season, many of the other events that occurred around this time are also celebrated. For example, another event that is celebrated around this time is when the angel appeared to the shepherds and told them that there is a newborn king to visit (“Christian Hol...

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