Christian Year (2016-2017)

Church Year

The Christian year begins on the first week of Advent and follows the pattern of the life of Christ. This orientation towards time allows Christians to follow Jesus through His life, death, and resurrection. The rhythms of this story define the Christian life.

Church Liturgical Calendar

Calendars and Explanations:

Download a free single sheet liturgical calendar for 2016-2017 (Year A). This resource was created by San Fransisco artist Barbara Lyon. Many thanks for her permission to use this wonderful resource.

Download with dates and descriptions
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The Christian Year: Marking Time by Jesus by Christ Church East Bay (Presbyterian)

“The Story…as Told Through the Christian Calendar” a video overview of the church calendar by Christ Church Anglican

“The Church Year: Climbing the Mountain” and article by Greg Goebel (Anglican)

The Colors of the Church Year

Purchase the Christian Seasons Calendar from the University Hill Congregation in Canada

Purchase an Anglican-inspired Liturgical Year Poster (2017) or Liturgical Year Calendar (2017) from Modern Liturgic

The 2017 Liturgical Calendar for the Roman Catholic Diocese of the United States with Scripture readings. Download the PDF for free.

Download a one-page overview of the 2016-2017 Protestant liturgical calendar (with key dates and colors) from The Reformed Church in America

“A Brief Explanation of the Church Calendar” Audio lecture from Trinity Presbyterian Church (Birmingham, AL)

Moments and Days: How Our Holy Celebrations Shape Our Faith – by Michelle Van Loon

“Telling Time Differently as Christ Followers: Understanding and Practicing the Church Year” an article by Corey Widmer

“The Pattern of the Christian Year” a Bible study by Howard Vanderwell and Norma de Waal Malefyt