Color: Purple - Represents renewal or a new start (beginning of Liturgical calendar)
Advent is a time of preparation for the coming of Jesus
The Church celebrates Advent by lighting an Advent Wreath every week throughout the season with 3 purple candles and 1 pink symbolizing Hope, Love, Peace, and Joy.
Starts: December 3
Ends: December 24
Holy Days: Feast of St. Nicholas (Dec. 6); Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Dec. 12); Feast of St. Lucy (Dec. 13)
Color: White - Represents purity
Christmas is a time of celebration of the coming of Christ
We celebrate by going to Christmas mass and setting up decorations such as the manager scene to separate the birth of our Savior.
Starts: December 25 Ends: January 9
Holy Days: Christmas Day (Feast of the Incarnation, Dec. 25); Feast of the Baptism of the Lord (Jan. 9)
Color: Green - Represents hope and the Holy Spirit (There are 2 Ordinary times. The second comes between Easter and Advent)
Ordinary Time is the time in between the celebrations of Christmas and Lent. It is a time of watchfulness for the Second Coming of Christ
The Church celebrates this by having the priests wear green garments.
Starts: January 10 Ends: February 28
Holy Days: Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Feb. 2); Feast of the Chair of St. Peter (Feb. 22)
Color: Purple - Represents penance an humility
Lent is a time when the Church looks forward to the Passion, Death, Resurrection, and Glorious Ascension of Jesus. It lasts 40 days for the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert.
To celebrate lent people give up something for the duration as a form of fasting and observe abstinence by not eating meat on Fridays.
Starts: March 1 Ends: April 13
Holy Days: Solemnity of Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary (March 20); Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord (March 25)