Meus Carus Fidelis
(My Dear Faithful)
Fifth Grade Parents Summary
Chapter 11: Celebrating the Liturgy
Liturgical Year: (CCC Glossary) The celebrations throughout the year of the mysteries of the Lord’s birth, life, death, and Resurrection in such a way (823, 946).that the entire year becomes a “year of the Lord’s grace.” Thus the cycle of the liturgical year and the great feasts constituted the basic rhythm of the Christians life of prayer, with its focal point at Easter.
(CCC 1168) Beginning with the Easter Triduum as its source of light, the new age of the Resurrection fills the whole liturgical year with its brilliance. Gracually, on either side of this source, the year is transfigured by the liturgy. It really is a “year of the Lord’s favor.” The economy of salvation is at work within the framework of time, but since its fulfillment in the Passover of Jesus and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the culmination of history is anticipated “as a foretaste,” and the kingdom of God enters into our time.
Triduum: (CCC Glossary) A liturgical celebration of three days duration, as in the Easter Triduum (1168).
Advent - violet
Christmas – white/gold
Ordinary Time - green
Lent - violet
Easter – white/gold
Violet - Represents Expectation, Purification, or Penance; used during Lent and Advent.
White (or Gold) - Represents Joy and Triumph; used during the Paschal Triduum, Easter, and Christmas, as well as for Holy Days and Feast Days throughout the year.
Red - Represents Royalty, Fire, and Martyrdom; used on special Feast Days and Holy Days throughout the year.
Green - A sign of Life and Growth; represents Ordinary Time.
“Those who lived according to the old order of things have come to a new hope, no longer keeping the sabbath, but the Lord’s Day, in which our life is blessed by him and by his death.” – St. Ignatius of Antioch
(CCC 2177) The Sunday celebration of the Lord’s Day and his Eucharist is at the heart of the Church’s life. “Sunday is the day on which the paschal mystery is celebrated in light of the apostolic tradition and is to be observed as the foremost holy day of obligation in the universal Church.
Feast of the Epiphany, January 6, 2013
Feast of the Baptism of our Lord, January 13, 2013
Feast of the Presentation of our Lord, February 2, 2013
Feast of the Annunciation April 8,2013
Feast of the Transfiguration, August 6, 2013
Feast of Christ the King, November 24, 2013
Sacrament (CCC Glossary): An efficacious sign of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us through the work of the Holy Spirit (1131, 774). The sacraments (called “mysteries” in the Eastern Churches) are seve in number: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance or Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sic, Holy Orders, and Matrimony (1210).
Play and Pray (easy ways to reinforce our faith)
Engage your children in the Mass.
Ask your children to identify the Church season or feast day based on the vestment color worn. If red, look up the saint whose feast day it is (red is worn for martyred saints).
What could you do at home to it a “year of the Lord’s grace” in your home? Decorate for the liturgical season.