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Liturgical Calendar

Covenant Presbyterian Church

Sherman, Texas

December 1st – First Day of Advent, First Day of the Church Year

“Advent means ‘coming’ or ‘arrival’. During the season of Advent, we celebrate Christ’s coming into the world and watch with expectant hope for his coming again.” -PCUSA

Color – Purple

4th Sunday before Christmas – 1st Sunday of Advent

Color – Purple

3rd Sunday before Christmas – 2nd Sunday of Advent

Color – Purple

2nd Sunday before Christmas – 3rd Sunday of Advent

Color – Purple

1st Sunday before Christmas – 4st Sunday of Advent

Color – Purple

December 24th – Christmas Eve

Color – Purple or White

December 25th – Christmas, The Birth of Jesus

Color – White

December 26th through January 6th – Christmastide

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Color – White

January 6th – Epiphany of The Lord

“Epiphany celebrates the appearance of The Lord in the midst of humanity. The Christmas stories of the birth of Immanuel declare the divine entry; Epiphany extols the revelation of God to the world in the person of Jesus of Nazareth.” -PCUSA

Color – White

Day After Epiphany – Begin Ordinary Time

Color – Green

3rd Sunday After Christmas – Baptism of The Lord

“At the beginning of his public ministry, Jesus presents himself to John to be baptized in the Jordan. The heavens open, the Holy Spirit descends as a dove and we hear the voice of God: ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased’ “ -PCUSA

Color – White

Monday Following 3rd Sunday After Christmas – Begin Ordinary Time

Color – Green

Sunday Before Ash Wednesday – Transfiguration Of The Lord

“Transfiguration Sunday celebrates the glorious revelation of God in Jesus Christ and Christ’s manifestation as the fulfillment of the law and the prophets. Jesus’ radiant appearance on the mountaintop evokes the devouring fire of the glory of the LORD at Mount Sinai (Exodus 24.17). Here, as at Jesus’ baptism, God claims him as a beloved child, in whom God is well pleased.” -PCUSA

Color – White

Monday and Tuesday after Transfiguration Of The Lord Sunday – Ordinary Time

Color – Green

40TH Day Before Easter, excluding Sundays – Ash Wednesday, First Day of Lent

“Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent with a public act of confession and contrition.” -PCUSA

Color – Purple

Ash Wednesday Through Maunday Thursday – Lent

“The season of Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and self-examination in preparation for the celebration of the resurrection of the Lord at Easter. It is a period of 40 days — like the flood of Genesis, Moses’ sojourn at Mount Sinai, Elijah’s journey to Mount Horeb, Jonah’s call to Ninevah to repent, and Jesus’ time of testing in the wilderness. (The Sundays in Lent are not counted in this reckoning of the time between Ash Wednesday and Easter, as every Lord’s Day is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.)” -PCUSA

Color – Purple

Passion/Palm Sunday – Sunday before Easter

“Passion/Palm Sunday begins Holy Week, a time in the church year when we remember how Christ gave his life in love for the world. As this service opens, the crowd waves palm branches, wanting to crown Jesus as king. But as the story of the passion unfolds, their shouts of praise turn to demands for his crucifixion; he receives a crown of thorns as he is handed over to be mocked and killed.” – PCUSA

Color – Purple and/or Red

Thursday Before Easter – Maunday Thursday

Beginning of The Easter Triduum at sundown.
“Maundy Thursday begins the Three Days (or Triduum), remembering the new commandment that Christ gave us in word and deed as he taught us how to love one another, washing our feet as a servant. We also celebrate the Lord’s Supper, remembering the meal Christ shared with his disciples before his death.” -PCUSA

Color – Purple and/or Red

Note: At sundown on Maunday Thursday at the end of service, the Chancel may be Stripped Bare and remain Bare until the beginning of the Easter Vigil. – PCUSA

The Easter Triduum – “The Three Days”: Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter

“On the third day He Rose From The Dead…..” The Apostle’s Creed
Beginning at Sundown on Maunday Thursday, continuing through sundown on Easter Sunday.

Color for Friday and Saturday – Bare, Black, or Red

Friday Before Easter – Good Friday, The Crucifixion of Jesus

Saturday Before Easter — Holy Saturday — the Day Jesus’ Body lay in the Tomb

Easter Sunday — Resurrection of the Lord

The Great Vigil Of Easter –

“The Easter Vigil has four movements:
(1) the Service of Light, a celebration of the light of Christ at which a new fire is kindled from which the Paschal Candle is lit
(2) the Service of Readings, which includes as many as nine readings from the grand story of salvation of the Old and New Testaments interspersed with psalms and canticles, silence and prayers
(3) the Service of Baptism, the primary annual occasion for baptisms (particularly in the early church) and a time for the reaffirmation of the baptismal covenant (4) the Service of the Eucharist, a joyous feast in the presence of the risen Christ and an anticipation of the eschatological banquet of the realm of God.” – PCUSA

Color – White

40th Day After Easter – Ascension of The Lord

“Forty days after the Resurrection of the Lord (Easter Sunday), we remember and celebrate the Ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ into heaven. On this day, the church gives thanks for Christ’s sovereign rule over all the earth, as well as his priestly intercession for us at the throne of mercy.” – PCUSA

Color – White


Seventh Sunday After Easter (A Week of Weeks)– Pentecost

“On the Day of Pentecost we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit descending in a mighty rush of wind and flame to inspire the church’s proclamation of Christ’s rising and to empower its mission and ministry to the world.” – PCUSA

Color – Red

Day After Pentecost – Begin Ordinary Time

Color – Green

First Sunday After Pentecost – Trinity Sunday

“On Trinity Sunday we proclaim the mystery of our faith in the triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, One-in-Three and Three-in-One.” – PCUSA

Color – White

Day After Trinity Sunday – Begin Ordinary Time

Color – Green

October 31st (or Sunday Before) – Reformation Sunday

“Reformation Sunday recognizes Reformation Day (October 31), when Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany, on October 31, 1517, taking note of primary concerns of the reformers:

-Salvation by grace through faith,
-Centrality of the Word (both preached and visible in the Lord’s Supper), -Participation of all people in worship through congregational singing and vernacular reading of scripture and preaching.

The tradition of Reformation Sunday offers an opportunity to celebrate our heritage and history, to affirm our central theological convictions and to consider God’s ongoing reformation of the church.” – PCUSA

Color – Plaid (or Blue)

November 1st – All Saints Day

“In early Christian tradition, saints’ days began as a way to mark the anniversary of a martyr’s death — his or her “birthday” as a saint. By the middle of the church’s first millennium, there were so many martyrs (particularly due to the persecution of Diocletian) that it was hard to give them all their due. All Saints’ Day was established as an opportunity to honor all the saints, known and unknown.” – PCUSA

Color – White

November 2nd – Begin Ordinary Time

Color – Green

Last Sunday of Church Year – Christ The King Day Last Sunday Before Advent

“At the conclusion of the Christian year, the church gives thanks and praise for sovereignty of Christ, who is Lord of all creation and is coming again in glory to reign.” – PCUSA

Color – White

Day after Christ The King Day – Begin Ordinary Time

     Color – Green

“The Easter Date depends on the ecclesiastical approximation of the March equinox. In 325CE the Council of Nicaea decided that the Easter date would be the first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the March equinox. Easter is therefore delayed one week if the full moon is on Sunday, which lessens the likelihood of it falling on the same day as the Jewish Passover.” –

White may be used for any day The Lord’s Supper is served, regardless of season.

“White is used for special days in the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, such as Christmas and Easter.
Purple is used for the season of pentitence and preparation, Advent and Lent. Red is the color for Pentecost and Palm Sunday

Green is used for all other time periods not marked by a specific season (called Ordinary Time) to represent spiritual growth.” – PCUSA

Special days
White is the color for memorial services for the deceased. White is the color for weddings.