Sunday Morning Forum 3: The Calendar of the Church Year

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This week’s forum was an overview of “The Calendar of the Church Year” on pg. 13 of the BCP.

Discussion:

  • Time: What’s the big deal?
  • What basic things can we say about time?
  • How is time usually understood or how is it talked about in general?
  • What’s so important about how/why Christians keep time?
  • Secular vs. sacred; Chronos vs. Kairos
  • Past, present, and future: Looking back while looking ahead.

Jewish antecedents:

  • Seven day week
  • Sabbath day
  • Passover
  • Pentecost
  • Others?

The Lord’s Day: The basic unit of Christian time.

  • There are many subtle implications to “The Lord’s Day”; what are some of them?

The Hours of the Day

  • What are some significant things we can say about how Christians order the hours of the day?

Two Cycles of the Year:

  • The Christmas Cycle (Advent-Christmas-Epiphany)
  • The Easter Cycle (Lent-Easter-Pentecost)

Feasting and fasting

  • What can we say about how our bodies get taken up into the Christian ordering of time?

Examining our pilgrimage

  • How has or how does the Church Year inform your understanding of your calling?
  • How have you seen the Calendar take up the common life and work of St. Joseph’s?
  • What tensions do you see between secular time keeping and Christian time? In what ways to our lives reflect this tension?

Sources:

  • The Book of Common Prayer
  • Hatchett, Marrion J. Commentary on the American Prayer Book. The Seabury Press: 1980.
  • Hickman, Saliers, Stookey, White. The New Handbook of the Christian Year: Based on the Revised Common Lectionary. Abingdon Press: 1992.