Priesthill (Zion) Methodist

“centred in Christ, caring for people”

Home Contact Sitemap Map Directions Local weather
 
 
The flowers are springing up,
the season of singing birds
has come;
Song of Solomon 2v12

Ecclesiastical Calendar Narratives

Epiphany
Liturgical feast celebrated usually on January 6, commemorating the visitation of the Magi ( kings ) to Jesus after His birth in Bethlehem
From the Greek [epiphaneia] meaning "to show," and by implication, an appearance or revealing. It is when something becomes clear in a way not known before. It is used to illustrate a sudden manifestation of the essence of divine revelation. A discovery of God in some before unexpected or unknown way. When Jesus Christ was visited by the Magi and His divinity was revealed to the world, this was an epiphany. A revealed moment that brought to light the treasure of the heart.
Traditionally the word has always had specific religious association, but in our day it has grown to become used in referencing non-divine or secular forms of revelation or clarity of thinking.


Septuagesima
(Latin septugsima - seventieth)
the 3rd Sunday before Lent (or the 9th before Easter); so called because it is about seventy days before Easter.


Shrove Tuesday
In the Christian calendar, Shrove Tuesday is the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. In Britain it is popularly known as "Pancake Day";


Ash Wednesday
The seventh Wednesday before Easter and the first day of Lent, on which many Christians receive a mark of ashes on the forehead as a token of penitence and mortality.
Christian holy day marking the beginning of Lent, forty-six days (the 7th Wednesday) prior to Easter. The name is taken from a practice of imposing ashes on the foreheads of penitent believers who acknowledge their unworthiness to receive God's grace and salvation and are reminded of their bodily origin in dust and their eventual return to dust (ashes). The date of Ash Wednesday changes annually and depends on the reckoning of Easter Sunday.


Palm Sunday
The day that Christians remember the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.
Palm Sunday is a moveable feast in the church calendar observed by Catholic, Orthodox, and some Protestant Christians. It is the Sunday before Easter Sunday, and a celebration of the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem in the days before his execution. The crowd greeted him by waving palm fronds, giving the day its name.
Matthew 21:1-11
Mark 11:1-11
Luke 19:28-44
John 12:12-19


Good Friday
The day on which Jesus was crucified.
In Christian tradition, celebrated as the day on which Jesus Christ was crucified. It falls prior to Easter Sunday, on which Christians celebrate the resurrection of Christ. A liturgical celebration rather than an historical one, the "three days" between the crucifixion and the resurrection are taken to be inclusive of Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


Easter
The major festival in the Christian church which celebrates the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
The major feast day of the Christian religion marking the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead three days after his crucifixion. Easter is the oldest and most important celebration of the Christian Church. The day is celebrated on the first Sunday after the paschal or full moon, which means its date changes according to the lunar calendar and to ecclesiastical interpretations of that calendar. Eastern Orthodoxy celebrates the holiday one week after most other Christian churches.


Ascension
The dramatic departure of the risen Christ from earth to heaven, which took place forty days after the resurrection. The accounts of the ascension can be found in Acts 1:9-11; Mark 16:19; Luke 24:50- 51
The Ascension is one of the great feasts in the Christian liturgical calendar, and refers to the Ascension of Jesus Christ into Heaven forty days after His resurrection from the dead. The event is recorded in the New Testament in Acts chapter 1.

Ascension Day is always a Thursday; in some churches it is commemorated on the subsequent Sunday (the Sunday before Pentecost).


Pentecost
"50th day." The explosive birthday of the Church, 50 days after Jesus returned to Heaven, when the Holy Spirit arrived in great power.
The sixth and last church season in the church calendar. It is celebrated in the church either in the latter part of May or the early part of June, depending on the date of Easter. The Jewish celebration of Pentecost occurs between the end of the barley harvest and the beginning of the wheat harvest. For Christians, it celebrates the day on which Jesus' disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit and began the work of the church. The church is known as the body of Christ. Pentecost is the longest church season; it lasts to the beginning of Advent, which begins four Sundays before Christmas.
See Ex. 23:14-17; Lev. 23:15 21; Acts 2:1 41.


Trinity Sunday
The first Sunday after Pentecost, that is eight weeks after Easter, when Christians celebrate the doctrine of the Trinity


Advent
The beginning of the church year. Starts on the Sunday nearest November 30th (St. Andrew's day) until Christmas. Advent is from the Latin meaning coming or arrival.
From the Latin, "coming." The coming of or the arrival of something very important as in the advent of Christ's return. Advent is also a Christian time of preparation preceding Christmas.


Christmas
The festival which celebrates the birth of Jesus.
Literally, Christ's mass. A Christian celebration on December 25 of the birth of Jesus in a manger in Bethlehem. Christians believe that in this event God entered into human form, an event referred to as the Incarnation. Most Christians acknowledge the date of December 25 is a convenient calendar date for celebration and not an accurate representation of the day on which Jesus was born. It is from this event that the Gregorian calendar takes its distinctions of B.C. and A.D.