The Christian Year is a spiritual tradition that has been passed down and developed by the Church for over a millennium. Every Sunday Gathering should center on the story of Christ, but this annually-repeating calendar invites a congregation to chronologically journey through Christ’s life, remembering, re-enacting, and ultimately being formed by—and into—God’s story of salvation over the course of 52 weeks.
Each year at College Wesleyan Church we journey with Christ through six seasons of his life: (1) the anticipation of his coming in Advent, (2) the celebration of his arrival in Christmas, (3) the wonder of his life on earth in Epiphany, (4) the reckoning his journey to the cross in Lent, (5) his triumph over death in Easter, (6) and his life within our Church—to which we are committed—in Ordinary Time.
Time: Beginning on the 4th Sunday before December 25th Color: BLUE (the color of hope) Special Days: Gaudete Sunday (the 3rd Sunday of Advent, the turn in the waiting to rejoicing). Christmas Eve (December 24th)
Time: December 25th – January 5th (12 days) Color: WHITE (the color of joy & celebration) Special Days: Christmas Day (December 25th) The Massacre of the Holy Innocents (December 28th) The Holy Name of Jesus (January 1st)
Time: January 6th — Ash Wednesday Color: GREEN (the color of growth) Special Days: Transfiguration Sunday (the Sunday before Ash Wednesday) WHITE (the color of joy & celebration)
Time: 46 Days before the Season of Easter (beginning on Ash Wednesday) Color: PURPLE (the color of penitence and royalty) Special Days: Ash Wednesday (The Sunday before Ash Wednesday) Holy Week (The final week of Easter): RED (the color of blood, of passion, and love) Palm Sunday Holy Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Maundy Thursday BLACK (the color of death) Good Friday Holy Saturday
Time: The 50 days following the season of Lent Color: WHITE (the color of joy & celebration) Special Days: The Ascension (the 7th Sunday of Easter) Pentecost (the 8th Sunday of Easter—the 50th day) RED (the color of fire, symbolizing the Spirit)
Time: Trinity Sunday (Sunday following Pentecost) through Christ the King Sunday (Sunday before Advent) Color: GREEN (the color of growth) Special Days: Trinity Sunday (the 1st Sunday of Ordinary Time) WHITE (the color of joy & celebration) World Communion Sunday (the 1st Sunday of October) WHITE All Saints Sunday (the Sunday following November 1st, “All Saints Day”) WHITE Christ the King Sunday (the last Sunday of the Christian Year— the Sunday before Advent) GOLD (a color of royalty)