Seasons

As the seasons of the natural world change through the year, so the Church observes a series of seasons

ChristmasThe celebration of Christ’s incarnation at Christmas is one of the two major feasts of the Christian year. The wonderful mystery of God’s dwelling among us in the fullness of humanity, as foretold by the prophets and born of the Blessed Virgin Mary, provides the background to the celebration. The task of our liturgy and worship during the Christmas Season is to recall us, amid all the joyful customs and celebrations, to the central truth of the Word made flesh for our salvation.

Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, love divine;
Love was born at Christmas,
Star and angels gave the sign. (Christina G Rossetti)

 

 

Epiphany – The Epiphany (manifestation) is the occasion on which we celebrate the visit of the magi to the Christ Child. The Epiphany story contains the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles which is why, during the Season of Epiphany, we pray for the worldwide mission of the Church and celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.