Christian Year

Ask The UMC: Christian Year of The United Methodist Church. Ask The UMC is a service of United Methodist Communications. Art by United Methodist Communications.

With other Christians, The United Methodist Church celebrates the special days of the Christmas season (Advent, Christmas, Epiphany) and the Easter season (Lent, Easter, Pentecost).

Other special Christian days fall during Ordinary Time, including Trinity Sunday, All Saints' Day and Christ the King Sunday.

Find out more about these special times of the year.

A wreath with three lit candles marks the third week of Advent. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.
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Ask The UMC-FAQs

What do the candles in our Advent wreath mean?

The candles mark the weeks of Advent during a time of anticipation.

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Decorations for the Advent and Christmas seasons hang in Glendale United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Steven Kyle Adair, United Methodist Communications.
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What We Believe

How long is the Christmas season?

Do you know the dates the Christmas season begins and ends?

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Advent - Christmas

Lent - Easter

Ordinary Time - Special Days