Christian Year

Ask The UMC: Christian Year of The United Methodist Church. Ask The UMC is a service of United Methodist Communications. Art by United Methodist Communications.

With other Christians, The United Methodist Church celebrates the special days of the Christmas season (Advent, Christmas, Epiphany) and the Easter season (Lent, Easter, Pentecost).

Other special Christian days fall during Ordinary Time, including Trinity Sunday, All Saints' Day and Christ the King Sunday.

Find out more about these special times of the year.

United Methodist founder Charles Wesley’s Easter hymn “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today” is a celebration of resurrection and new life. Image by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.
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Why is the Easter season 50 days long?

Ever wonder why Easter is 50 days long? In this Ask The UMC question, explore the reason behind the length of the Easter season.

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Claudia Teli N'guessan sings during worship at Temple Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Man, Côte d'Ivoire, in this 2015 file photo. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.
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When is Easter over? What comes next?

For Christians, Easter is a season of 50 days. Originally the Easter season was to continue forming new Christians in the faith. Ask The UMC explains more.

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Advent - Christmas

Lent - Easter

Ordinary Time - Special Days