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1 THE LITURGICAL YEAR LITURGICAL HANDBOOK PROJECT, 3 RD NINE WEEKS 8 TH GRADE RELIGION

2 THE CATHOLIC LITURGICAL CALENDAR For your third nine weeks project, you will make a handbook depicting and explaining each season of the Catholic Liturgical Year. Each season in your handbook should answer the following questions: What is the primary emotion of the season: Hope? Sadness? Joy? Something else? What is the overall message of the season? What are some traditions and special events that take place during the season? What color is associated with the season? You will write responses to these questions and other information in a descriptive paragraph for each season which will then be followed by a reflective paragraph.

3 THE CATHOLIC LITURGICAL CALENDAR The front of your handbook will be your own colored drawing of the Liturgical cycle, an example of which will be shown on the next slide. You will also draw and color a picture for each season, showing what you think best represents it. Finally, for each season, along with the descriptions answering the questions on the previous slide, you will write a reflection paragraph, each about words on what the season means specifically for you, and what is its importance in the liturgical year?

4 THE CATHOLIC LITURGICAL CALENDAR

5 ADVENT

6 ADVENT Begins: First Sunday of Advent (November 30) Ends: The evening of Christmas Eve (December 24) Advent is the season in which we await the coming of Jesus Christ. It is mostly marked by a feeling of hope and expectance as the days get closer and closer to Christmas morning. Traditions: Advent Wreaths, made up of four candles, three purple and one rose, which are lit to remind us of the coming of Christ. The readings at each Mass reflect a different aspect of the events leading up to the Nativity scene given to us in the Gospel of Luke. Many believers spiritually prepare themselves for the coming of Christ by going to Confession before the end of the season.

7 ADVENT The primary color associated with Advent is purple, a color symbolizing penance or sadness. Another color sometimes used is rose, a color that represents joy for many Catholics. Advent not only looks forward to Christmas morning, the first coming of Jesus; it also looks forward to the prophesied Second Coming of Christ, when the faithful believe that He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

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9 CHRISTMAS Begins: The Evening of Christmas Eve (Decemer 24) Ends: The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord (January 11) Christmas is the season in which we celebrate and experience in the joy that is the birth and pre-ministry years of Jesus. Traditions: The celebration of Epiphany, when faithful celebrate the revelation of the three Wise Men that Jesus is the Son of God and will become a great leader. A celebration and observance of the Twelve Days of Christmas, each of which remembers a certain saint or early event.

10 CHRISTMAS The primary color of Christmas is white, a color associated with joy, innocence, and purity. It is often seen as a new beginning for several Christians who try to rid their lives of a particular vice in order to live in a way that better reflects the life and teachings of Jesus. The secular, commercial celebration of Christmas tends to end shortly after Christmas Day, but the religious celebration does not end until the remembrance of Jesus s baptism, about two and a half weeks after the season s start.

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12 ORDINARY TIME 1 Begins: Monday after Baptism of the Lord (January 14) Ends: Tuesday before Ash Wednesday (February 17) Ordinary Time is a time in between specific seasons of the Church. Traditions: Celebration of Saints feast days Reflection on the ministry and events of Jesus Christ

13 ORDINARY TIME 1 The traditional color of Ordinary Time in the Church is green, a color representing eternal life and hope. Red may also be used on the feast days of martyrs, or occasionally, white. Ordinary Time consists of two periods: the time in between the Baptism of the Lord and Ash Wednesday, and then the time after Pentecost Sunday until the end of the liturgical cycle. The first is the shorter of the two periods.

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15 LENT Begins: Ash Wednesday (February 18) Ends: The Evening of Holy Thursday (April 2) Lent is the season when we prepare for the sorrows of the death of Jesus, yet look forward to the coming of the Resurrection. Traditions: The faithful often fast, make sacrifices, and try to perform good works for one another. Palm Sunday is the final Sunday of the season, in which we commemorate when Jesus came into Jerusalem and was greeted by several faithful in the streets. The symbolic burial of and abstinence from using the joyful term Alleluia

16 LENT The color for Lent is purple, the same as Advent, as the faithful hope to become better Christians, as well as reflect solemnly on the forty days Jesus spent in the desert before coming into Jerusalem for His death. Symbols for the season include ashes, which signify our eventual return to dust in the hopes of everlasting life; palms on Palm Sunday, used from the previous liturgical year, signify the ongoing cycle of the Church. Lent is thought to be the most sacred part of the Liturgical Year.

17 TRIDUUM

18 TRIDUUM Begins: Holy Thursday Evening (April 2) Ends: Easter Sunday Evening (April 5) The Triduum, also called the Paschal Triduum, is a series of three days and nights in which we relive the Last Supper, Crucifixion, Burial, and Resurrection of Christ. Easter Sunday is the most important day of the Christian faith. Traditions: A reenactment of Jesus s washing the feet of the disciples at the Last Supper Stations of the Cross, in which we relive the Passion and death of Christ Reflection on Holy Saturday, the day Jesus spent in the tomb Baptism of new Catholics

19 TRIDUUM The Triduum s color is red, evoking the color of blood. It is a sorrowful color used to represent the blood Jesus spilt for the salvation of the faithful during the scene of the Garden of Gethsemane and the events of the Crucifixion. Easter Sunday, however, is white, signifying the intense joy of the Resurrection, in which Jesus conquered death and rose from the grave. The joy of Easter seeks to cancel out the darkness and sadness felt throughout the season of Lent as well as through the Triduum.

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21 EASTER Begins: Easter Sunday Evening (April 5) Ends: Pentecost Sunday (May 24) Easter is the most joyful season of the liturgical year, marked by a renewed joy in the hopes of the Resurrection of the body, life everlasting, and the eventual return of Christ to judge the living and the dead. Traditions: Celebration of the Ascension of Jesus Celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit to the disciples of Christ

22 EASTER The color for Easter is white, signifying the joy which the faithful feel for the Resurrected Lord and the hope that they feel for their own resurrection to come at the end of this life. Like Christmas, the commercial holiday of Easter tends to end with Easter Sunday; however, the Church season runs for 50 days, from Jesus s Resurrection to the coming of the Holy Spirit to the disciples.

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24 ORDINARY TIME 2 Begins: Monday after Pentecost (May 25) Ends: Saturday before the First Sunday of advent (November 28) The final and longest season of the Liturgical Cycle is the second part of Ordinary Time, which makes up over six months in the Church year. After the end of this season, the cycle starts up all over again for the next year. Traditions: Feasts of Saints and Martyrs Special Celebrations, such as All Souls Day and the Assumption of Mary into Heaven The traditional color is green, but it may change to red or white based off of particular feast days celebrated in the Church.

25 FORMAT It does not matter to me if you type or handwrite your project, but please make sure that it is legible, regardless. If you decide to type, please use 12-point Times New Roman and make sure that you leave enough room to draw your picture at the top of the page. I would prefer 1.5 spacing. If you decide to handwrite the project, please use computer paper rather than notebook paper. You do not have to try to double space, just make sure you do not clutter your writing.

26 GRADING For this project, you will be graded upon the following: How well and accurately you describe each season and its traditions Providing an honest, thoughtful reflection of the meanings of each season Amount of grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors Turning in the papers on their assigned dates How neat your project is, and how well your drawings reflect the message of each season This is to be your individual work (no groups!); you may use outside sources such as books or the Internet to assist you with the information and traditions of each season, but the project should, by and large, be your own thought and your own expression. The grades will be Project grades, meaning that they will be worth 20% of your third nine weeks grade.

27 PROJECT DUE DATES Project Assigned: Monday, January 5 Advent Page: Friday, January 16 Christmas Page: Friday, January 30 Final, Completed Project: Friday, February 27 You may come in at any time before or after school to ask me questions or express concerns you may have regarding the project. Please do not ask me project questions during class unless I have already told you that you may work on it in that class. I sincerely hope that you find this to be a fun, creative, and insightful project that helps you better understand the liturgical cycle and customs of the Catholic Church.

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