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The church year

  • annual cycle from Advent Sunday to the last Sunday after Pentecost
  • purple robes are warn during times of fasting particularly Lent and Advent
  • White/ gold are warn for the major Christian festivals: Easter, Christmas and Ascension day
  • red robes are worn during Holy Week and Pentecost and also on martyrs and saints days. Alter cloths will also be red
  • green robes are worn at other times in the ordinary days
  • Pentecost is 50 days after Easter
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  • we remember the coming of Jesus into the world
  • remember Jesus coming again at the end of time to judge the living and the dead (parousia)
  • four Sunday's before Christmas and a candle is lit on the advent wreath every week
  • each candle represents a different theme such as joy and hope
  • Christians will use this time to prepare for Christmas thorough prayers and receiving confession
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  • the birth of Jesus
  • incarnation of Jesus becoming human
  • midnight mass
  • crib is displayed showing the nativity scene where Jesus was born
  • giving presents represent God's gift of his son
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  • remembers the wise men visiting Jesus and the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh
  • as special mass where the Gospel reading is about the wise men meeting Jesus
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  • is the 40 days leading up to Easter
  • begins with Ash Wednesday when Christians go to church and receive the ashes
  • the ashes symbolise repentance
  • Christians remember the time Jesus was tempted in the desert by the devil


  • prayer: help them get closer to God
  • fasting: they may give up something for 40 days
  • works of mercy: like feeding the hungry, visit the sick or helping those in need
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Palm Sunday

  • Jesus arriving into Jerusalem on a donkey
  • people spread their cloaks on the ground and waved palms in the air
  • many Christians see this event as the first one leading up to Jesus' death
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Maundy Thursday

  • day of Jesus' last supper
  • praying in the garden of Gethsemane
  • Jesus' arrest
  • the priest washes the feet of 12 parishioners feet to symbolise what Jesus did for his disciples
  • "Do this in memory of me"
  • side chapel set out for prayer and remembers Jesus praying
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Good Friday

  • the day that Jesus was crucified
  • mass at 3:00pm
  • readings telling the story of Jesus' crucifixion
  • adoration of the cross (kiss the feet of Jesus) as a sign that Christians accept Jesus dies to save them of their sins
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Holy Saturday

  • Jesus is dead
  • the church is bare with no decorations
  • no sacraments can be received
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Easter Sunday

  • Jesus rises from the dead (resurrection)
  • midnight mass where candles are used to show light over coming darkness
  • lighting of the paschal candle
  • hymns and songs of praise
  • renew baptismal promises
  • 40 days after the resurrection is the ascension
  • 50 days after the resurrection is Pentecost
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