What is the liturgical year?
The liturgical year is different from the calendar year. The calendar year is a sequence of dates, a way to talk about historical time and events. The liturgical year, on the other hand, is a way of organizing and talking about the events that define our spiritual lives in the Christian faith.
These events are organized around the story of Jesus--including God's plan to send a Savior, the birth of Jesus, his life and teachings, his death and resurrection, the coming of the Holy Spirit, and the growth of the community of faith, the church. The liturgical year organizes us to recall and commemorate these central events as well as to practice living out the journey of faith in our own lives.
Observation of the Christian liturgical year begins with Advent, the time leading up to the birth of Jesus. With the next entry, I'll invite you, my readers, to set out on a year-long journey that will retrace the defining events of the historical Christian faith, beginning with the first Sunday of Advent.