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Ecclesiastes 3:1 "All things have their season, and in their times all things pass under heaven"


Seasonal Customs


Below are links to pages that describe customs, traditions, devotions, legends, and lore related to the traditional Catholic liturgical year per the 1962 Missal and calendar used by most traditional priestly fraternities. All Biblical references are to the Douay-Rheims with the Septuagint's Psalm numbering. The dates given in italics are movable.

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Christmastide
Time After Epiphany
Septuagesima
Lent
Eastertide
Time after Pentecost


Advent


December: dedicated to the Immaculate Conception


Advent Overview


Advent Wreath & Candles Sundays of Advent. The first Sunday will fall between 27 November and 3 December.


Nativity Scenes 1st Sunday of Advent


Advent Calendars 1-24 December


Jesse Trees 1-24 December


Feast of St. Barbara 4 December


Feast of St. Nicholas 6 December


Feast of the Immaculate Conception 8 December


Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe 12 December


Feast of St. Lucy 13 December


Advent Embertide Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after 13 December (St. Lucy's Day)


Gaudete Sunday 3rd Sunday of Advent


The Golden Nights: O Antiphons 17-23 December

Christmastide



Christmastide Overview


Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 24-25 December


Feast of St. Stephen the Deacon 26 December


Feast of St. John the Evangelist 27 December


Feast of the Holy Innocents (Childermas) 28 December


Feast of St. Thomas Becket 29 December


Feast of St. Sylvester 31 December
 

January: dedicated to the Holy Name and Childhood of Jesus



Feast of the Circumcision 1 January


Feast of the Holy Name 1st Sunday of the year, or 2 January if this Sunday falls on the 1st, 6th, or 7th


Twelfth Night 5 January


Feast of the Epiphany 6 January


Feast of the Holy Family 1st Sunday after the Epiphany


The Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ 13 January

Time After Epiphany



Time After Epiphany Overview


St. Agnes Eve & St. Agnes Day 20 & 21 January

February: dedicated to the Holy Family



Feast of St. Brigid of Ireland 1 February


Feast of the Purification (Candlemas) 2 February


Feast of St. Blaise 3 February

Septuagesima



Septuagesima Overview


Septuagesima Sunday and its Vigil 27-28 January


St. Valentine's Day 14 February      


Shrovetide 48 days before Easter, Shrovetide will begin on a date between 2 February and 8 March, inclusive.

Lent



Lent Overview


Ash Wednesday Ash Wednesday will fall between 4 February and 10 March, inclusive.


Lenten Embertide Wednesday, Friday and Saturday after the 1st Sunday of Lent

March: dedicated to St. Joseph



Feast of St. Patrick 17 March


Laetare Sunday 4th Sunday of Lent


Passiontide & Passion Week begin: Vespers of Passion Sunday, and Passion Sunday 2 Sundays before Easter Sunday


Feast of St. Joseph 19 March


Feast of the Seven Sorrows of Mary Two Fridays before Easter

April: dedicated to the Blessed Sacrament


Feast of the Annunciation (Lady Day) 25 March


Holy Week begins: Palm Sunday 1 Sunday before Easter


Spy Wednesday The Wednesday before Easter


The Sacred Triduum begins: Maundy Thursday The Thursday before Easter


Good Friday The Friday before Easter


Holy Saturday The Saturday before Easter

Eastertide



Eastertide Overview


Easter Sunday Easter will fall between 22 March and 25 April


Low Sunday The Sunday after Easter


Major Rogation 25 April


Walpurgisnacht 30 April

May: dedicated to Mary


May Crowning Early May


Minor Rogation The 3 days before the Ascension


Ascension Thursday 40 days after Easter


Vigil of the Pentecost & Pentecost (Whitsunday) 50 days after Easter


Whit Embertide Wednesday, Friday and Saturday after Pentecost


Queenship of Mary 31 May

Time After Pentecost


June: dedicated to the Sacred Heart


Time After Pentecost Overview


Trinity Sunday The Sunday after Pentecost


Feast of Corpus Christi The Thursday after Trinity Sunday


Feast of St. Anthony of Padua 13 June


Feast of the Sacred Heart The Friday a week after Corpus Christi


St. John's Eve & St. John's Day 23 & 24 June

July: dedicated to the Precious Blood


Peter's Pence Collection The Sunday nearest to 29 June, the the Feast of SS. Peter and Paul


Feast of the Visitation 2 July


Feast of St. Mary Magdalen 22 July


Feast of St. James the Greater 25 July


Feast of St. Martha 29 July

August: dedicated to the Immaculate Heart


Feast of the Transfiguration 6 August


Feast of St. Lawrence 10 August


Feast of the Assumption (Marymass) 15 August


Feast of King Saint Louis IX 25 August

September: dedicated to the Seven Dolors of Mary


Feast of the Nativity of Mary 8 September


Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Roodmas) 14 September


Michaelmas Embertide Wednesday, Friday and Saturday after the third Sunday in September


Feast of Saint Januarius (San Gennaro) 19 September


Feast of St. Michael the Archangel (Michaelmas) 29 September

October: dedicated to the Holy Rosary


Feast of St. Francis of Assisi 4 October


Feast of Christ the King The last Sunday of October


All Hallows' Eve (Hallowe'en) 31 October

November: dedicated to the Poor Souls


All Saints' Day (Hallowmas) 1 November


All Souls Day 2 November


Feast of St. Martin (Martinmas) 11 November


Last Sunday of Pentecost The first Sunday before Advent


St. Catherine's Day 25 November

 

For a list of Catholic movies that would be good to watch
throughout the liturgical year, see the Catholic Movies page of this site.

 


 
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