The Church is concious that it must celebrate the saving work of the divine Bridegroom by devoutly recalling it on certain days throughout the course of the year. Every week, on the day which the Church has called the Lord's Day, it keeps the memory of the Lord's resurrection, which it also celebrates once in the year, together with his blessed passion, in the most solemn festival of Easter.
Within the cycle of a year, moreover, the Church unfolds the whole mystery of Christ, from his incarnation and birth until his ascension, the day of Pentecost, and the expectation of blessed hope and of the Lord's return.
Recalling thus the mysteries of redemption, the Church opens to the faithful the riches of the Lord's powers and merits, so that these are in some way made present in every age in order that the faithful may lay hold on them and be filled with saving grace.
Sacrosanctum Concilium #102
- General Norms for the Liturgical Year & Calendar 43–44 [pdf]
- Introduction to the Lectionary [pdf]
- Dies Domini
Apostolic Letter on keeping the Lord's Day Holy
- Directory on Popular Piety
- Celebrating the Paschal Feasts [pdf]
Resources for Parish Liturgy Groups
Each document gathers together quotations from documents and other material about the liturgical season togther with tables giving the Sunday readings and other texts.
- Advent [pdf]
- Christmas [pdf]
- Lent [pdf]
- Triduum [in preparation]
- Easter [in preparation]
- Ordinary Time [in preparation]