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Welcome to the Church Year: An Introduction to the Seasons of the Episcopal Church
From birthday cakes and anniversary dinners to summer vacations at the beach, each family has its own ways of marking the days and seasons of its life. For the Christian family especially Episcopalians it s no different. With an array of colors and an assortment of rich traditions, Episcopalians move through the Church year, marking the days and seasons that tell the story ...more
Paperback, 130 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Morehouse Publishing
(first published July 1st 2004)
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I started this book several years ago, reading only the chapters that applied to the church season we were in at the time. This time, I read it from start to finish. In my opinion, the latter is the best way to read this book. I like how Black continues themes of the church year throughout the book. (i.e. Concepts she discusses in Advent are later revisited in the Easter season.) I wish that Black would have been more consistent in the depth she went into each major feast day and season.
This is mostly useful as a utility book. When you get to a certain season and need a refresher on why the ceremonies and liturgy change, refer to that section of the book. Reading it all in one go, as I did, is a bit overwhelming for the amount of detail. But great for its intended use.