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 2015

USCCB calendar for 2015
4 Jan Epiphany
11 Jan Baptism of the Lord
18 Feb Ash Wednesday
4 Apr Easter
14 May Ascension Thursday
24 May Pentecost
7 Jun Corpus Christi
22 Nov Christ the King
29 Nov 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