Happy New Year

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    Happy New Year

    The Catholic Church’s year contains two great feasts, Easter and Christmas, each preceded by a time of penitential preparation and fasting (Lent and Advent respectively).

    The year does not coincide with the calendar year. It starts with Advent (around the and of November/beginning of December) and leads up to Christmas. It is a time to reflect on Christ’s first coming and also on his future second coming. This year it starts today (3rd December).

    In the secular world Christmas begins as soon as October and finishes with Christmas Day. But in the Catholic Church Christmas begins on the Eve of Christmas Day with the Vigil Mass and finishes with the Baptism of the Lord (on the Sunday after the 6th January). That period is known as Christmastide.

    Easter begins with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on the evening of Holy Thursday and finishes at Pentecost. Jesus prepared for his coming ministry by spending forty days of fasting in the desert. During Lent, which precedes Easter, we spend the forty days of Lent preparing for the great celebration of his death and resurrection. The time between Easter Sunday and Pentecost is Eastertide and a continuing time of celebration.

    The rest of the year is known as Ordinary time, but that is punctuated by feast days, of Jesus, of Mary and the other Saints in heaven. These give us a rhythm to our year and a reminder of the heroes of old who passed on the faith to us, often at the cost of their lives and who are models for us.

    So... Happy New Year
     
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    Happy New Year to you my brother.
     

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