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The Liturgical Year

Autumn Term

When pupils start school in September, it is Ordinary Time, the colour for which is green. This will last until the beginning of Advent when the colour changes to purple for the preparation of Jesus’ birth at Christmas time. Whilst the date of Christmas is fixed every year, the day of the week on which it is celebrated will vary. For this reason, the date of the beginning of Advent will vary too. It will be celebrated on a Sunday four weeks before Christmas.

Spring Term

 When pupils return after Christmas, the colour will have changed to white/gold as it will be the Christmas season until the celebration of the Baptism of the Lord. Ordinary Time will then begin again with green being displayed until Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, when the colour changes to purple for the six weeks (40 days) preparation for Easter. The date of Easter changes each year which means that the date of Ash Wednesday, the Sundays in Lent, Holy Thursday and Good Friday will also vary. 

Summer Term

 When pupils return after Easter, the colour will have changed to white/gold as it will be the Easter season until the celebration of Pentecost when the colour will change to red. Ordinary Time will then begin again with green being displayed the day after Pentecost until Advent during the next academic year. As the date of Easter changes each year so too will the dates of all associated feasts such as Ascension, Pentecost, Trinity Sunday and others.