The Feast of Christ the King came today in our parish church’s celebration and it is a marker of many things on the calendar. It means that Advent is coming up in short order on the Catholic calendar. That is a time of prayer and certain rituals that precedes the Christmas Season in the Catholic Christian Church which runs from Christmas Eve to the Epiphany on January 6. The Official Church then reverts to ordinary time but the Catholic cultures of the world mostly celebrate carnival season from the Epiphany or Feast of the Wizard Kings to Mardi Gras which is the Tuesday before the fasting and penance of Lent. So it is a kind of New Year today that starts a series of seasons continuous all the way through lent to Easter.
It also signals the coming of Thanksgiving Day and the coming of the American Christmas Season which lasts from Thanksgiving until what used to be New Years but is now often a day or two after Christmas Day. Football really cranks up this time of year as do some other things in the culture. Chanukah gets noticed as well and the new US Congress gears up to take office.
I am sure I will blog more about the holidays throughout this season if I can. However, the season really starts today for me. The sense that whatever one may actually mean “the holidays” are upon us…