It was a meditative exercise for me. I spent several hours engrossed while working on it, with others briefly adding bits to it.
I had no idea how many friends and colleagues were visiting, watching and even speaking to me. I was totally focussed on the Despacho. When it was finished we had a fiery ceremony to send our efforts into the universe. It was like a gigantic release for me, so many things got let go of in the process. It was a turning point in who I was — to who I was going to be.
There were many conversations with folks about all kinds of topics. How our society deals with death, grief and mourning. The nuclear family family man with wife and four children and what our expectations are when it comes to maintaining a family and raising children in our society now.
How an active duty military man on leave from Afghanistan deals with gender neutral bathrooms and the fear he had in using one and being walked in on by a mother with a child. It was a day of self discovery and random wisdom from folks I may never see again.
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Joining with them, all Christians are invited "to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word" BCP, p. The feast of Christ's resurrection. According to Bede, the word derives from the Anglo-Saxon spring goddess Eostre. Christians in England applied the word to the principal festival of the church year, both day and season.
Faith in Jesus' resurrection on the Sunday or third day following his crucifixion is at the heart of Christian belief. Easter sets the experience of springtime next to the ancient stories of deliverance and the proclamation of the risen Christ. In the west, Easter occurs on the first Sunday after the full moon on or after the vernal equinox.
Easter always falls between Mar. The Eastern Orthodox Church celebrates Easter on the first Sunday after the Jewish pesach or Passover which follows the spring full moon. Although the two dates sometimes coincide, the eastern date is often one or more weeks later. See Great Fifty Days. The season after Pentecost, according to the calendar of the church year BCP, p.
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It begins on the Monday following Pentecost, and continues through most of the summer and autumn. It may include as many as twenty-eight Sundays, depending on the date of Easter. The BCP provides proper collects and readings for the other Sundays of the season. These propers are numbered and designated for use on the Sundays which are closest to specific days in the monthly calendar, whether before or after.
For example, Proper 3 is designated for use, if needed, on the Sunday closest to May Proper 29 is designated for use on the Sunday closest to Nov. Prior to the BCP, Sundays in this long period of the church year were identified and counted in terms of the number of Sundays after Trinity Sunday instead of the number of Sundays after Pentecost. This period is also understood by some as "ordinary time," a period of the church year not dedicated to a particular season or observance, as in the Roman Rite adapted after Vatican II.
See Ordinary Time. This term is used in the Roman Catholic Church to indicate the parts of the liturgical year that are not included in the major seasons of the church calendar.
A vigil or other service anticipating the First Sunday of Advent on the Saturday before that Sunday would also be included in the season of Advent. Ordinary time can be understood in terms of the living out of Christian faith and the meaning of Christ's resurrection in ordinary life.
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The term "ordinary time" is not used in the Prayer Book, but the season after Pentecost can be considered ordinary time. It may be referred to as the "green season," because green is the usual liturgical color for this period of the church year. The BCP provides numbered propers with collects and lectionary readings for the Sundays of the Season after Pentecost.
In view of the Epiphany themes that are presented throughout the Epiphany season, it should not be considered ordinary time. However, many parishes use green as the liturgical color for the Second Sunday through the Sunday prior to the Last Sunday after the Epiphany, and sometimes the Last Sunday after the Epiphany. Epiphany season and the season after Pentecost vary in length depending on the date of Easter see BCP, pp. The Liturgical Calendar.
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Liturgical Colors. Advent The first season of the church year, beginning with the fourth Sunday before Christmas and continuing through the day before Christmas.