Liturgical Year


During the Reformation in the 16th century music in the church took a new direction. John Calvin's Genevan Psalter has been sung by the church ever since.

Example of a Liturgical Calendar

> 1st Sunday of Advent

> 2nd Sunday of Advent

> 3rd Sunday of Advent (Gaudete)

> 4e Sunday of Advent (Rorate coeli)

> Christmas: December 25

> First Sunday after Christmas

> January 1: Circumcision of the Lord (8th day of Christmas)

> Epiphany (to commemorate the appearance of the star to the Magi, symbolizing the manifestation of Christ to the Gentles. Until the 4th Century this date was remembered as the birthday of our Lord)

> First Sunday of Epiphany (Baptism, Kana)

> Ash Wednesday: beginning of Lent (period of fasting),

> 40 working days before Easter

> Good Friday Eve, the day if the institution of the Lords Supper Good Friday commemorating the Crucifixion of our Lord; a day of mourning: no music, no singing, no sermon, only reading of passages from the gospel by John.

> Easter: Resurrection of Lord Jesus

> Christ Ascension (40th day after Easter)

> Seventh Sunday of Easter (Exaudi)

> Pentecost = 50th day of Easter (Feast of Weeks)

> Feast of the Holy Trinity - the first Sunday after Pentecost is the celebration of Christmas, Easter and Pentecost. The Athanasian Creed is sung or read.

> 20 tot 24 Sundays after Trinity

> 1st, 2nd and 3rd Sunday of the Second coming of our Lord