As we barrel toward the beginning of Lent next week, I offer to you a little lesson on the liturgical calendar by way of a reconfigured and expanded excerpt from The Complete Guide to Godly Play, Volume 2: “The Circle of the Church Year”:
Our Christian liturgical year has three great times: Christmas, Easter, and Pentecost.
People can walk right through these mysteries each year and not even know they are there. We need time to get ready to come close to these mysteries so that these mysteries might begin to open up for us.
The time for getting ready to come close to the mystery of Christmas is called Advent.
It is four weeks long. The Church year begins with the beginning of Advent.
The color for getting ready for Christmas is blue, which is one of the colors of the Mother Mary. Without the Mother Mary, there would be no baby Jesus!