Green for ordinary time

The Christian Year (Liturgical Time)

 

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SEASON

DATES

COLOUR

MAIN THEMES

ADVENT

Four Sundays before Christmas

Purple

Waiting. The promise of light in darkness.  Preparation for Christ’s coming and second coming.

CHRISTMAS

24 December to 5 January

White (or Gold up to Christmas 2)

Christ’s birth as ‘the word made flesh’. The Incarnation.

EPIPHANY

6 January (The Epiphany) to 2 February (Candlemas / Feast of the Presentation)

White

The Gospel for all people.

ORDINARY TIME

3 February to Shrove Tuesday

Green

[sometimes a very short season] Growth (Creation).

LENT

Ash Wednesday to Eve of 5th Sunday in Lent

Purple

Penitence, seeking for God’s forgiveness, self denial. Preparation for Easter (Lent was originally linked with Baptism).

PASSIONTIDE

(and Holy Week)

5th Sunday in Lent to Easter Eve

Violet or Red

White at evening Eucharist on Thursday

Jesus’ death on the Cross – our Salvation.

EASTERTIDE

Easter Day to the Eve of the Ascension

White

(Gold on Easter Day)

Jesus’ resurrection. Resurrection hope for us all. Living in the light of the Resurrection.
ASCENSIONTIDE Ascension Thursday to Pentecost White (Gold for The Ascension Day, Red for Pentecost) Waiting for the gift of the Holy Spirit.
ORDINARY TIME ‘Sundays after Trinity’ Day after Pentecost to 31 October Green

 

(White for Trinity Sunday)

Growth in faith. Christian living. Continuous reading of the scriptures.
The ‘Kingdom’ Season 1 November (All Saints) to Eve of Advent Sunday Red (or Green) The Kingdom of God.  The Faithful Departed (All Saints’ & All Souls’). Remembrance.   Christ the King (Sunday before Advent).

 

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