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Category: Liturgical Calendar

The Liturgical Calendar defines the Church year, outlining a series of seasons and festive occasions that liturgical ceremonies observe throughout the year. Christians used this calendar as a guide, so they could properly celebrate the significant events in the life of Christ and the Church.

The liturgical year is divided into six seasons, each with its own theme and focus. Advent, which heralds the coming of Christ, begins the Church year, followed by Christmas, which celebrates the birth of Jesus. Lent is a time of penance and reflection, leading up to Holy Week, which culminates in the celebration of Easter, the most important feast of the Christian calendar. Ordinary Time follows Easter, with a focus on the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Church. The season of Advent then begins again, marking the end of one liturgical year and the beginning of another.

Throughout the year, the Liturgical Calendar also includes several important feasts and solemnities, such as the Feast of the Epiphany, the Transfiguration, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and All Saints’ Day. These celebrations allow the faithful to honor the lives of the saints and reflect on the significance of their contributions to the Church.

By following the Liturgical Calendar, Christians can participate in a rich tradition of liturgical worship that connects them to the history of the Church and the life of Christ. It provides a framework for the celebration of the mysteries of faith and ensures that Christian followers would never lose sight of the significance of these events in their lives.

Green Gold St. Margaret Brocade Fabric for Church vestments or Renaissance Costumes

Why We Use Green for the Season of Pentecost

Green, with its lush and lively appearance, is often associated with growth, renewal, and the vitality of nature. During the Pentecost season, the Church reflects upon the birth and growth of the early Christian community, empowered by the Holy Spirit. Green serves as a powerful symbol of the spiritual growth that occurs within individuals and the Church as a whole. The color green serves as a visual reminder of the hope, inspiration, and guidance that the Holy Spirit provides, fueling the growth of faith and the spreading of God’s love throughout the world.

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Trinity Sunday

Trinity Sunday is a Christian feast day celebrated on the Sunday after Pentecost. It is a day dedicated to the Holy Trinity – the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The doctrine of the Trinity is one of the foundational beliefs of the Christian faith, and Trinity Sunday serves as a reminder of the essential nature of this belief. Trinity Sunday is a day that holds great significance for Christians around the world.

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Pentecost and Its Connection to Easter

The word “Pentecost” comes from the Greek term “pent?kost?” which means “fiftieth.” Pentecost finds its roots in the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, which takes place 50 days after Passover and celebrates the giving of the Torah to Moses on Mount Sinai. Pentecost is a significant Christian holiday commemorating the Holy Spirit’s descent upon the apostles of Jesus Christ, marking the birth of the Christian Church.

Ascension Day Artwork

A Journey Through Ascension Day

Ascension Day is an important Christian holiday that marks the conclusion of the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ and his ascension into heaven. Observed 40 days after Easter Sunday, Ascension Day commemorates the moment when Jesus, after his resurrection, was taken up into the clouds before the eyes of his Disciples. This event is recognized in various Christian denominations around the world, each with unique customs and traditions. Let’s explore the significance of Ascension Day and how it is celebrated in different cultures.

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Why Do We Wear Red on Pentecost?

The use of the color red in the church during Pentecost is commonly attributed to its association with the flames of the Holy Spirit, which descended upon the apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ as tongues of fire. Red, as the color of fire and blood, is a natural choice to represent this element. The imagery of flames and fire is often associated with the Holy Spirit in Christian iconography, and red serves as a powerful visual reminder of the transformative power of faith.

Saint Ignatius of Antioch Chasuble

Laetare Sunday in Lent

The word Laetare means “rejoice” in the Latin text of the word. Laetare was ultimately decided to be the name for this Sunday of rejoicing and celebration from the Latin text of the scripture verses found in the 66th chapter of the book of Isaiah.
The six-week season of Lent is overall a time of solemn and somber fasting spent in penance and preparation for the coming of Easter Sunday.

Symbols of Lent: Penitence to Hope

What are the symbols of Lent: Penitence to hope?
Ashes are probably one of the more recognizable symbols of Lent.
Churches that observe this, use purple vestments during Lent season.
Pretzels a Lenten treat that fits the dietary restrictions while reminding us to pray.
Fish on Friday and giving money during Lent.
What other symbols do you commonly see during this time of year in your church or in churches you have visited?

White and Gold Liturgical Religious Fabircs for Easter and Christmas

Best White Liturgical Fabrics for Easter and Festival Seasons of the Church Year

The choice of fabrics for creating vestments and altar hangings is a feast for the eyes, and different churches have different needs. The range of white church vestment fabrics available at Ecclesiastical Sewing for making church vestments is quite nice. White includes a broad range of colors: creams, ivory, deep cream, gold, and of course the stunning brocatelles with their shimmering gold highlights!

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Why do we use purple during Lent?

Purple in Lent symbolizes the royalty of Christ, His sacrificial death, and the season’s connection to Passover. The color, historically associated with royalty, was used mockingly on Jesus during His passion, emphasizing His royal dignity. Additionally, purple signifies the sorrowful nature of sins and the sacrifice made for redemption. Linguistically, “Lent” means “lengthen,” indicating its timing as days lengthen with the approach of spring and the season to observe Lent.


Do you have your favorite Violet Stole Style Selected Yet? Lent is coming!

Some of our favorite fabrics, the richly historic pattern – Fairford, along with the Winchester Brocade. The Brocades are available in deep violet color. Violet is the color used by a wide number of church bodies during the season of Lent. The color violet is used for Lent because it is associated with mourning.  We reflect on the mysteries of Christ and remember the pain and suffering of His crucifixion. Violet is also the color of royalty and it reminds us that we will soon celebrate Christ’s resurrection and sovereignty.

Bespoke Liturgical Religious Fabrics for Church Vestments

Planning Your Lent Church Vestment Projects: a Liturgical Fabric Review

Violet is an appropriate color for Lent. It is associated with pain, suffering, mourning, and loss. Yet it is also the color of Royalty. Winchester is a wonderful Brocade Fabric. It has a nice hand and the weight is designed for use with hand embroidery and goldwork embroidery. It holds up well for machine embroidery. It drapes beautifully for chasubles and copes.

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Epiphany: A Celebration with Varied Traditions

Epiphany is a feast day in the Western church, white vestments and paraments are used. Sometimes gold is substituted. There aren’t any specific Epiphany symbols, but there are often representations of the Three Kings elsewhere in churches.

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Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God | Ecclesiastical Sewing (2019)

All feasts of Mary, as indeed are all feasts of all the worthies of the faith, are feasts that point to our Lord Jesus Christ and his work “for us and for our salvation.” Mary is our prime example of created humanity at its finest.  She is humble but brave, courageous but modest, truthful and kind, upright and vulnerable, and unafraid to follow the leadings of God.

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