Welcome to the Church Year: An Introduction to the Seabury Bookssons of the Episcopal Church [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Welcome to the Church Year: An Introduction to the Seabury Bookssons of the Episcopal Church

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819225757
  • Publisher: Church Publishing Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 692,345
  • File size: 145 KB

Table of Contents

1 Welcome to the Church Year 1
What Is the Church Year? 2
Time in the Church Year 3
The Two Cycles of the Church Year 5
The Development of the Liturgical Calendar 6
The Lectionary 9
Traditions of the Christian Year 10
Questions for Further Thought and Discussion 13
2 Advent 15
Advent Themes 15
Advent Traditions 17
The Advent Wreath 17
The Advent Calendar 19
St. Nicholas 19
Advent Lessons and Carols 20
The Sunday Liturgy in Advent 21
The Lectionary 22
The Blessings 25
Questions for Further Thought and Discussion 26
3 Christmas 27
Christmas Themes 28
Christmas Services 31
The Lectionary 32
The Twelve Days of Christmas 34
The Holy Name 35
Christmas Lessons and Carols 36
Questions for Further Thought and Discussion 38
4 The Epiphany 39
Epiphany Themes 40
The Feast of the Epiphany 41
The Baptism of Our Lord 43
The Sundays after the Epiphany 44
Holy Days in Epiphany 46
Epiphany Blessings 47
Questions for Further Thought and Discussion 49
5 Lent 51
Lenten Themes 53
Lenten Traditions 55
Spiritual Disciplines 56
The Way of the Cross 57
Ash Wednesday 57
The Sunday Liturgy in Lent 60
The Penitential Order 61
The Great Litany 62
The Catechumenate 63
The Lectionary 63
The Prayer over the People 64
The Weekdays of Lent 65
Questions for Further Thought and Discussion 66
6 Holy Week 67
Holy Week in the Early Church 68
Holy Week in the Episcopal Church Today 71
Palm Sunday 73
The Liturgy of the Palms 74
The Sunday of the Passion 75
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in Holy Week 77
Tenebrae 78
Maundy Thursday 79
The Lessons 80
The Footwashing 83
The Reserved Sacrament 85
The Lord's Supper 86
The Stripping of the Altar 86
The Night Vigil 87
Good Friday 88
The Lessons 89
The Solemn Collects 90
The Veneration of the Cross 91
Communion from the Reserved Sacrament 92
Holy Saturday 93
Questions for Further Thought and Discussion 94
7 Easter to Pentecost 95
Easter Themes 97
Easter Traditions 99
The Easter Vigil 100
The Service of Light 101
The Service of Lessons 103
Christian Initiation 103
The Holy Eucharist 103
Easter Day 104
Easter Week and the Great Fifty Days 104
The Sunday Liturgy in Easter 106
The Ascension 107
The Day of Pentecost 109
Questions for Further Thought and Discussion 112
8 The Season after Pentecost 113
Trinity Sunday 114
Themes in the Season after Pentecost 118
Holy Days 120
The Transfiguration 121
All Saints' Day 122
The Last Sunday after Pentecost 123
Questions for Further Thought and Discussion 126
Notes 127
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