The Church Year: Living in Sacred Time

December 23, 2012

During the Advent Season of 2012, it was my privilege to teach a four-week Sunday school class dealing with the church year. The recordings of the classes are available in my Dropbox and I am pleased to share them. Many of you may wonder why we have liturgical seasons and so-called “feast” days. I have taken great pains to answer all of your questions.

But seriously folks, it is a big subject and it is tied to church history, a study of over 2000 years. The lessons are lecture based, which I concede is not the most effective method of education. Under the circumstances of a relatively short time (45 minutes) and a substantial load of information, the ancient method of instruction turns out to be most practical. Except for week three (I messed up the class recording) these are the actual lessons.

Week one is an introduction to liturgical time and the Advent season. The audio file is available here.

Week two presents Lent, Palm Sunday and the Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday) The recording is here.

Week three concerns the Great Vigil of Easter, the Rogation Days, Ascension Thursday, Pentecost, and Trinity Sunday. The link for week three’s recording is here.

Finally, week four is all about the Easter and Epiphany cycles. The recording is here.

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