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.

Lent is a journey of preparation for following the way of Jesus. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

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What is Lent and why does it last forty days?

Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday.

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Fasting by limiting food and drink, accompanied by prayer and devotional reading, is an important spiritual practice to draw closer to God. Photo by congerdesign, courtesy of Pixabay.

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What does the UMC say about fasting?

United Methodists practice fasting and abstinence. Learn why fasting is important to Christians.

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Advent - Christmas

Lent - Easter

Ordinary Time - Special Days