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.

The Christian year includes the central seasons of Christmas and Easter followed by Ordinary Time. The colors associated with the different seasons express visually what is happening in the life of the church. Each color symbolizes the nature of the festival being celebrated. Graphic by Laurens Glass, United Methodist Communications.
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What is Ordinary Time?

The Christian year includes the central seasons of Christmas and Easter followed by Ordinary Time. Ask The UMC explains what that means.

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Pentecost mosaic Image by Holger Schué from Pixabay 1500
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What is Pentecost?

The Christian festival of Pentecost, on the 50th day after Jesus’ resurrection, celebrates the gift the Holy Spirit and birth of the church.

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Advent - Christmas

Lent - Easter

Ordinary Time - Special Days