Liturgical Year

While most Christians are familiar with Christmas and Easter, which are times of celebrating Christ's birth and resurrection from death, and many are familiar with AdventLent, and Holy Week, all of which are considered to be times of preparation, some don’t realize there are actually six seasons in the Christian calendar. Christmas, Easter, Advent, and Lent mark the first four, and Epiphany and the season after Pentecost round out the six as seasons known as Ordinary Time.

Certain denominations and traditions are considered liturgical and others aren't, but this reordering of time around six different seasons of the church year is not meant to be just for some of us who follow Jesus. It is an invitation extended to all of us to align our lives with the life of Christ. The liturgical year helps us walk through the seasons of our lives in tune with the seasons of Christ's life, growing as we go. 

Jenn Giles Kemper 


Below, you'll find an ever-growing collection of resources to help you deepen your understanding and experience of the liturgical year. Some of them were created by members of the Sacred Ordinary Days community of kindreds, and the list has been—and will continue to be—curated by our kindreds. Share your own recommendations for additional resources on the Sacred Ordinary Days Facebook page to have them added here.



The Book of Common Prayer

Welcome to the Church Year: An Introduction to the Seasons of the Episcopal Church by Vicki K. Black

Found: A Story of Questions, Grace, and Everyday Prayer by Micha Boyett

The Liturgical Year: The Spiraling Adventure of the Spiritual Life by Joan Chittister

Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals by Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, and Enuma Okoro

The Worship Sourcebook, Second Edition by Faith Alive Christian Resources

A Homemade Year: The Blessings of Cooking, Crafting, and Coming Together by Jerusalem Jackson Greer

Living the Christian Year: Time to Inhabit the Story of God by Bobby Gross 

The Circle of Seasons: Meeting God in the Church Year by Kimberly Conway Ireton

What We Do in Church: An Anglican Child's Activity Book by Anne E. Kitch

The Anglican Way: A Guidebook by Thomas McKenzie

To Dance with God: Family Ritual and Community Celebration by Gertrud Mueller Nelson

Passing It On: How to Nurture Your Children's Faith Season by Season by Kara Lassen Oliver

Inwardly Digest: The Prayer Book as a Guide to a Spiritual Life by Derek Olsen

Pocket Dictionary of Liturgy and Worship by Brett Scott Provance

The Revised Common Lectionary

Circle of Grace: A Book of Blessings for the Seasons by Jan Richardson

Grace in the Maybe: Instructions on Not Knowing Everything About God by Katie Savage

Let Us Keep the Feast: Living the Church Year at Home (Complete Collection) by Jessica Snell, ed.

Calendar: Christ's Time for the Church by Laurence Hull Stookey

Moments and Days: How Our Holy Celebrations Shape Our Faith by Michelle Van Loon

Evangelicals on the Canterbury Trail: Why Evangelicals Are Attracted to the Liturgical Church by Robert E. Webber

Girl Meets God: On the Path to a Spiritual Life by Lauren F. Winner


Liturgical Season Spotify playlists curated by Sacred Ordinary Days

Rain Down Heaven by Tom Wuest

    S1 | E1 : Soul Friends + The Beginning with Jenn Giles Kemper and Lacy Clark Ellman on the Sacred Ordinary Days podcast

    The Liturgical Calendar, Part 1 with Alex Wilgus on the Word and Table podcast

    The Liturgical Calendar, Part 2 with Alex Wilgus on the Word and Table podcast

    Introducing the Book of Common Prayer with Alex Wilgus on the Word and Table podcast


      The Circle of the Church Year
      by University Presbyterian Church

      The Story . . . as Told Through the Christian Calendar by Christ Church Anglican

      Chuck Knows Church

        Our Anglican Roots
        by Christ Church Anglican

        Daily Office Lectionary from the Book of Common Prayer—Online in the ESV by Crossway

        The Offices in Audio by The Episcopal Church in Garrett County, Maryland

        Liturgical Year—Christian Calendar—PDF by HearthMagic

        The Church's Year by Joseph Novak at The Minimum Bible

        Liturgical Year Collection by Mod Lit

        Compline at New Melleray Abbey

        A Case for the Church Year by Amanda Standiford at Patheos

        Introduction to the Christian Year by Rev. Dr. Mark D. Roberts at Patheos

        Top Ten Lectionary Websites by Jim Erwin at Patheos

        Pray as You Go

        Living the Season: The Church Year by Sharon Ely Pearson and Robyn Szoke at The Prayer Book Guide to Christian Education

        Sacred Seasons Perpetual Liturgical Wall Calendar by Lacy Clark Ellman at A Sacred Journey

        Common Prayer App by School for Conversion

        List of Lectionary-Related Podcasts curated by The Text This Week

        Telling Time Differently as Christ Followers by Corey Widmer at Third Church

        Audio Daily Office by The Trinity Mission

        The Christian Year: Seasons of Discipleship by Taylor Burton-Edwards at United Methodist Worship


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