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.

Detail from All Saints image courtesy of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Cropped from original on Wikimedia Commons.
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What does "communion of saints" mean?

Every time Christians say the Apostles’ Creed, we profess belief in the communion of saints. But what does the term mean?

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A medieval painting of the "Doom" or Last Judgment in St. Thomas Church, Salisbury, England. Photo by Nessino, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
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What is the history of Advent?

Advent started in the early church as another season of baptismal preparation focused on the second coming of Christ to make all things new.

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Advent - Christmas

Lent - Easter

Ordinary Time - Special Days