Reframe: A Year of Christian Rhythm


For the year of 2016, I will be blogging through my first full (secular) year of observing the Christian calendar/liturgical year. Beginning January 1, 2016 with the Feast of Holy name, I will document some practices, thoughts, history and resources. It is my hope that this process will integrate new practices and ways of believing into me, that my perspective of time will be reframed altogether, weaving new rhythms into my life. I would absolutely treasure your participation in Facebook post or blog comments.

First Post in the Series | SeasonsHoly Days

You will commonly see references to several components of observing the liturgical year. Some of them are:

The Daily Office: Scripture readings on a 2 year cycle, with readings from the Psalms, Old Testament, New Testament and a Gospel. 2016 is Year 2. Online | App

The Lectionary: Scripture readings for Sundays and Holy Days on a 3 year cycle. 2016 is Year C. Online

The Great Litany: “To be said or sung, kneeling, standing, or in procession; before the Eucharist or after the Collects of Morning or Evening Prayer; or separately; especially in Lent and on Rogation days.” Online 

The Collects: Prayers, prayed for generations, across the world, by millions of Christians. Online

Rule of Life: in the words of Jenn Giles Kemper, “A ‘rule of life’ is one way of fostering an integrated and embodied life of faith, that a life-long process of formation.” Rooted in the practices of the Desert Fathers, the practice of crafting a Rule of Life has gently guided and supported Christians in their faith journeys for hundreds of years. Article by Nicole T. Walters | CS Lewis Institute

Additional Resources:

Sacred Ordinary Days Planner/Essentials Workbook by Jenn Giles Kemper (this has been my main resource thus far. The Essentials Workbook is a free download and the Sacred Ordinary Days Tribe Facebook group is filled with rich conversation.)

A Sacred Journey Blog & Calendar by Lacy Clark Ellman

Sacred Ordinary Days Podcast with Jenn Giles Kemper & Lacy Clark Ellman

Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals