Liturgical Year

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The birth of the Messiah
6-7 weeks.
Following Jesus as a disciple
30-34 weeks.
The death and resurrection of Jesus
14 weeks.

The Liturgical Year also contains Holy Days of Obligation; the number varies by rite and region.

Dynamic Seasons

Before the development of the Liturgical Year, there were four times of fasting and prayer (Ember Days) to break the year into four quarters.

Key dates for 2019

USCCB calendar for 2019
6 Jan Epiphany
13 Jan Baptism of the Lord
6 Mar Ash Wednesday
21 Apr Easter
30 May Ascension Thursday
9 Jun Pentecost
23 Jun Corpus Christi
24 Nov Christ the King
1 Dec First Sunday of Advent

Other commemorations

  • National Vocation Awareness Week in January
  • World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life
  • World Marriage Day
  • National Marriage Week USA