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Msgr Michael de Verteuil, Chair of the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission explains what the Church proclaims in this current season. He returns to his series of articles on the Eucharistic celebration next Sunday.

We began a new liturgical year on the First Sunday of Advent—a good moment to reflect on time and worship. Using time (specific days and seasons), Christians have always proclaimed their worship.

The first part of our calendar was the Sunday celebration which began in the very early days of the Church. Easter was celebrated from the second century with Lent growing shortly after. Christmas became part of the calendar in the early fourth century with Advent evolving after. Saints days and other feast days grew slowly from the early days of the Church’s history.

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