Shrovetide: Shrove meaning to confess

Shrovetide, also known as the Pre-Lenten Season, is the Christian period of preparation before the beginning of the liturgical season of Lent. Shrovetide starts on Septuagesima (70 days) Sunday, includes Sexagesima (60 days) Sunday, Quinquagesima (50 days) Sunday, as well as Shrove Monday, and culminates on Shrove Tuesday.


Passiontide: is a name for the last two weeks of Lent, beginning on the Fifth Sunday of Lent, long celebrated as Passion Sunday, and ending on Holy Saturday.


Christmastide: Starting on Christmas day until Candlemas day.

Christmas means Christ's mass


Advent is the season observed in the church as a time of preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas.
Advent begins on The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ
and ends at the Christmas Vigil Mass. Also known as the 40-day Nativity Fast.

The term is a version of the Latin word adventus meaning "coming". 


Lent: Starts at midnight of Ash Wednesday and officially ends at the start of the mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday.

Lent is a period of preparation for Easter. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, six and a half weeks before Easter, and provides for a 40-day fast (Sundays are excluded), in imitation of Jesus Christ’s fasting in the wilderness before he began his public ministry. 


Pentecost: The Christian feast day of Pentecost is seven weeks after Easter Sunday: that is to say, the fiftieth day after Easter inclusive of Easter Sunday. It commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles.  Pentecost is also known as the birth of the Church.


Pre-Lenten Season, is the period of preparation before

the beginning of the liturgical season of Lent. 

Septuagesima Sunday is 70 days before Easter


Pre-Lenten Season, is the period of preparation before

the beginning of the liturgical season of Lent.

Sexagesima Sunday is 60 days before Easter



Pre-Lenten Season, is the period of preparation before

the beginning of the liturgical season of Lent.

Quinquagesima Sunday is 50 days before Easter

Altar of Repose

Altar of Repose is the altar in which the holy eucharist is placed in "reserved", until the mass of Presanctified which is on Good Friday.

The holy eucharist tabernacle is open and empty.

Ashes on the Forehead

Ashes on the forehead reminds one of death, 

symbolizing one's mortality.

Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return. 

Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel. 

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday, of the Passion of the Lord,

is the sixth Sunday of Lent and marks the beginning of Holy Week. This day joins the foretelling of Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem, as the crowd welcomed Him with pal branches, and the proclamation of His passion in the Gospel of the reading.

Veiling of the Statues

By covering the religious images during the height of Lent, all attention is centered on the Passion and death of Christ.

paschal triduum

The Paschal (Easter) Triduum — which begins with the evening
Mass of the Lord's Supper on Maundy Thursday, reaching its high point in the Easter Vigil, and closes with the Evening Prayer on Easter Sunday, is the summit of the Liturgical Year.


This commemorates Christ's Paschal Mystery, i.e. the passion, the death, and resurrection of Jesus    

visita iglesia

visita iglesia: Seven Churches Visitation, a Lenten tradition to visit the seven churches on the evening of Maundy Thursday. 

1) the Garden of Gethsemane, 2) the House of Annas, 3) Tribunal of Caiaphas, 4) trial before Pilate, 5) the trial before Herod, 6) from Herod back to Pilate 7) from Pilate to Golgotha (Calvary)


apostolic: means of or relating to a succession of spiritual authority from the "apostles" held to be perpetuated by successive ordinations of bishops and to be necessary for valid sacraments and orders


Catholic (from Greek: καθολικός, translit. katholikos, lit.) 'universal'

The church is called this because it extends over the

entire world and teaches universally 

This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come. 

Matthew 24:14

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach

the gospel to all creation. Mark 16:15


INRI in Latin: Iēsus Nazarēnus, Rēx Iūdaeōrum (John 19:19), 

"Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews." John 19:20 states that this was written in three languages—Hebrew, Latin, and Greek

—during the crucifixion of Jesus. The Greek version reads ΙΝBΙ,

"King of the Jews"  and the Jewish leaders use the designation

"King of Israel" or "King of the Judeans."

easter vigil

Easter vigil is the "mother of all vigils" for the church

This vigil starts on Holy Saturday after nightfall and finishes before daybreak on Easter, thus ending "the darkness."

This day also honor's holy Sacraments

paschal candle

The Paschal candle represent Christ as the light of the world. The Candle is made of pure bees wax representing the sinless Christ incarnated in the womb of the Blessed Mother.

Eastertide or Paschaltide

Eastertide begins on Easter Sunday, and focuses on celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Alleluia! Eastertide ends on the Day of Pentecost, which celebrates when the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples in the form of tongues of fire.

Pentecost means “fiftieth day” in Greek.

The weeks of Eastertide: Quasimodo Sunday,  Misericordias Domini, Jubilate Sunday, Cantate Sunday, The fifth Sunday, "Vocem jucunditatis,"  & the 6th Sunday  "Exaudi"

The Epiphany

The Epiphany is the feast that celebrates the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ. The feast commemorates principally (but not solely) the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child, and thus Jesus' physical manifestation to the Gentiles. The feast of the Epiphany also initiates the liturgical season of Epiphanytide.


Candlemas also known as the Presentation of the Lord


On Candlemas candles are carried in a procession honoring Christ, priests bless the candles whose light symbolizes 

the light of Christ. 

'He is the Light that will shine upon the nations, and he will be the glory of your people Israel!” (Luke 2: 32)


The Feast of the Most Holy Trinity

the season of the church year between Trinity Sunday and Advent

Saints Louis Martin & Zélie Guerin

September 25

Saints Louis & Marie Zelie Guerin Martin,

the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, the little flower

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