This week-end brings the Christmas Season of the Church’s Liturgical year to a close. As from Monday we begin the “ordinary” season. The liturgical colour becomes green. It is the colour of hope. This “ordinary” season continues until Ash Wednesday and the beginning of lent on 6th March 2019. The liturgical colour then becomes violet; the colour of expectation and penance. Lent continues until Holy Thursday on 18th April 2019. We then celebrate the great feast of Easter. The liturgical colour becomes white; the colour of joy. The Easter season continues until 9th June 2019 when we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit. Next is Trinity Sunday followed by the feast of Corpus Christi on 23rd June 2019. The “ordinary” season then recommences and the colour green continues until the first Sunday of Advent on 1st December 2019. We then begin the preparations for Christmas 2019 with the violet colours of expectations.

As a matter of interest, the other liturgical colours are Red and Rose. Red celebrates Christ’s death on Good Friday and the feast days of martyrs. Rose colour is the colour of gladness and is only used on 3rd Week of Advent and Lent.