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Prayers for the Church Year

Prayers for the festivals of the Church

Chichester CathedralThe liturgical year, also known as the church year, consists of the cycle of liturgical seasons in Christian churches which determines when feast days, including celebrations of saints, are to be observed, and which portions of Scripture are to be read. Distinct liturgical colours may appear in connection with different seasons of the liturgical year. The dates of the festivals vary somewhat between the different churches, though the sequence and logic is largely the same.

In both East and West, the dates of many feasts vary from year to year, usually in line with the variation in the date of Easter, with which most other moveable feasts are associated. The extent to which feasts and festivals are celebrated also varies between churches; in general, Protestant churches observe far fewer than Catholic and Orthodox, in particular with regard to feasts of the Virgin Mary and the other Saints.

The effect of the moveable dates can be seen below:

church year

prayersPraying through the Lectionary


I have written a book of prayers for the 3 year Lectionary cycle, entitled "The Act of Prayer" available from Christian bookshops and Amazon. Prayers for Year C are available below, the complete collection of 700+ prayers are in the book.

Prayers for Lectionary Year C

For info on The Act of Prayer click here


celtic prayersPrayers for the Seasons of the Church Year

Prayers for the Seasons of the Church Year
Opening Prayers for Christian Worship
Advent - Themes & Resources
Advent - Angels
Advent - Celtic Christian Celebration
Advent - Expectation and hope
Advent - God's people
Advent - God's prophets
Advent - John the Baptist
Advent - Mary
Advent - General prayers for the season
Christmas - General prayers
Lent - Themes and resources
Lent - intercessions
Lent - General prayers
Easter - General prayers
Ash Wednesday liturgy
Palm Sunday liturgy
Maundy Thursday prayers
Easter Day liturgy

Lent prayer labyrinth designed by Jane Jones, and offered as an activity for the season

Pentecost - Prayers
Harvest (information, resources, new and traditional prayers)
Harvest - Traditional & Contemporary Liturgy
Harvest - Celtic Liturgy

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