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The church year (also know as the Liturgical Year or the Liturgical Cycle) divides the calendar year into a series of seasons and special festivals that reflect the story of Jesus and of the church Jesus founded.
The Lutheran church observes two cycles of seasons:
The time after Epiphany and before Ash Wednesday, and the time after Pentecost and before the first Sunday of Advent is called “Ordinary Time” or “Time after Epiphany” and “Time after Pentecost.”
The Lutheran church also observes a number of festivals during the church year. The main festivals include:
See also "The Church Year" in Evangelical Lutheran Worship (Augsburg Fortress, 2006), 13-17.
Quotes from the ELCA’s “What is the meaning and use of liturgical colors?”