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