Seasons of the Church Year

We celebrate the seasons of the church year at Hollywood: Advent, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost. Our music, study, and preaching is informed by the unique themes and experiences of each season. From Advent until the Day of Pentecost we preach from the lectionary, and during Pentecost/Ordinary Time our services are more thematic and topical.

Here is a calendar for the seasons and major holy days for this current year, from Advent 2008 through Ordinary Time 2009. The information in this page is adapted and researched from CRI/Voice, Wikipedia, and our own traditions and events at the Hollywood Adventist Church.

Advent is the anticipation of Christ’s first advent as a child and second future advent as the returning glorified Christ. The first Sabbath of Advent marks the beginning of the Christian “New Year”. The color of Advent is purple, representing royalty and Christ the King’s advent. Nov 30 – Dec 24, 2008.

Christmas Day. The celebration of Christ’s birth. Dec 25, 2008.

The Twelve Days of Christmas. Just like the song. Traditionally a time of celebration and feasting. Dec 25, 2008 – Jan 5, 2009.

Epiphany is the revelation of Jesus as Lord and King. Also known as Three Kings’ Day, where the three wise men affirm Christ’s kingship through gifts. This also includes the commemoration of Christ’s baptism, and climaxes with the Transfiguration of Christ, where God the Father affirms Christ’s sonship and glory. The colors of Epiphany are white, gold, and green to represent glory, newness, life, and hope.  Jan 6 – Feb 24, 2009.

Lent spans 40 weekdays beginning on Ash Wednesday and climaxing during Holy Week with Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday), Good Friday, and concluding Saturday before Easter. This is a season of reflection, introspection, repentance, and preparation. At Hollywood, Lent is traditionally the period of preparation for our baptismal candidates (baptism occurs on Easter Sabbath). The colors for Lent are grey, black, and purple. Mar 1 – April 11, 2009.

Holy Week: April 5 – 12, 2009
Maundy Thursday: April 9, 2009
Good Friday: April 10, 2009
Easter: April 12, 2009
Pentecost: May 31, 2009
Ordinary Time: June 1 – Nov 28, 2009