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CATHOLIC CHURCH LITURGICAL CALENDAR
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Have you ever wondered when Ordinary Time or Lent or Advent starts or ends? Listed below is the entire 2015- 2016 Liturgical Calendar of seasons. As defined by the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Liturgical Year is "The celebration throughout the year of the mys-teries of the Lord's birth, life, death, and Resurrection in such a way that the entire year be-comes a 'year of the Lord's grace.'"
The Season of Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas (November 29, 2015) and ends after the mid-afternoon prayer on Christmas Eve (December 24, 2015).
The Christmas Season begins with Evening Prayer on Christmas Eve (December 24, 2015) and ends with Evening Prayer on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord (January 10, 2016).
Ordinary Time begins after Evening Prayer on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord (January 10, 2016) until Ash Wednesday (February 10, 2016).
The Season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (February 10, 2016) and ends with the Celebration of the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday (March 24, 2016).
The Paschal Triduum begins on Holy Thursday with the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper (March 24, 2016) and ends with Evening Prayer on Easter Sunday (March 27, 2016).
The Easter Season begins on Easter Sunday (March 27, 2016) and ends with Evening Prayer on the Solemnity of Pentecost (May 15, 2016).
Ordinary Time begins after Evening Prayer on the Solemnity of Pentecost (May 15, 2016) and continues until Evening Prayer of the First Sunday of Advent (November 27, 2016).
Pope Francis Declaring the Liturgical Year 2015 - 2016 as a a Year of MERCY!
The Jubilee, also called a Holy Year, will open this year on Dec. 8 – the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception – and will close Nov. 20, 2016 with the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.
“Dear brothers and sisters, I have thought about how the Church can make clear its mission of being a witness of mercy. It's a journey that starts with a spiritual conversion. For this reason I have decided to declare an Extraordinary Jubilee that has the mercy of God at its center. It will be a Holy Year of Mercy.”
“I am convinced that the whole Church will be able to find in this Jubilee the joy of rediscovering and making fruitful the mercy of God, with which we are all called to give consolation to every man and every woman of our time,” Francis said, and entrusted the Holy Year to Mary, Mother of Mercy.
"Mercy," our Holy Father said, “is the best thing we can feel: it changes the world. A little mercy makes the world less cold and more just. We need to understand properly this mercy of God, this merciful Father who is so patient.”
Pope Francis’ Prayer for the Jubilee Year of Mercy
You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy: let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified. You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error: let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.
Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing, so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord, and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind.
We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy, you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.
Excerpted from Pope Francis’ Prayer for the Jubilee Year of Mercy