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Welcome to the Church Year

From birthday cakes and anniversary dinners to summer vacations at the beach, each family has its own ways of marking the days and seasons of its life. For the Christian family--especially Episcopalians--it's no different. With an array of colors and an assortment of rich traditions, Episcopalians move through the Church year, marking the days and seasons that tell the story of Christ in our lives--in history and today. This book--written for newcomers to the Episcopal Church as well as lifelong members--takes readers by the hand and leads them through the Church year, from the first Sunday of Advent through the last Sunday of Pentecost, answering questions like "Why do we use purple in Lent?" and "What does Maundy Thursday mean?" In an easy-to-read conversational style, Welcome to the Church Year introduces readers to the traditions of the Church seasons and explains why we do what we do. But it does more than offer interesting trivia about church vestments and pageantry. Its insights can help readers participate in the liturgies of the Church year in a deeper, more meaningful way.
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Table of Contents

(sample contents for each chapter in parenthesis); 1. Welcome to the Church Year (the two cycles, development of the liturgical calendar, the Lectionary); 2. Advent (themes, traditions, the Sunday liturgy); 3. Christmas (services, the Twelve Days, lessons and carols); 4. Epiphany (the feast, Holy Days in Epiphany, blessings); 5. Lent (the Way of the Cross, Ash Wednesday, the prayer over the people); 6. Holy Week (Palm Sunday, Tenebrae, footwashing, stripping the altar); 7. Easter to Pentecost (the Ascension, Trinity Sunday, All Saints' Day)

About the Author

Vicki K. Black is an Episcopal Deacon who has served in the dioceses of Massachusetts, Wisconsin and Virginia, where she has worked in parishes and coordinated retreats.

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