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Christian Festivals

AQA GCSE RS 2016 Festivals keywords

TermDefinition
Liturgical Year The start of the Christian liturgical year. The period beginning four Sundays before Christmas and ending on Christmas Eve, in which Christians look forward to coming of Christ at Christmas. The themes are expectation, judgement and the Second Coming
Epiphany This word literally means revealing. It is a Christian festival held on Jan 6th celebrating Jesus as the Messiah . On the feast of the Epiphany, Christians remember the visit of the Magi (the Wise Men).
Advent The start of the liturgical year. The period beginning four Sundays before Christmas and ending on Christmas Eve, in which Christians look forward to coming of Christ at Christmas. The themes of Advent are expectation, judgement and the Second Coming
Advent wreath This is an old custom associated with the Advent season. Five candles are placed in an evergreen wreath. The outer four (three purple and one pink) are lit on the four Sundays of Advent. The fifth, central, candle (white) is lit on Christmas morning
Christmas The Feast Day commemorating the birth of Jesus (25 December)
virgin birth The belief that Mary was a virgin when she gave birth to Jesus and that she had conceived through the power of the Holy Spirit
Christmas crib The crib is a model of a stable, showing the scene of Jesus. birth. Jesus is placed in the crib at Midnight Mass
Nativity Plays performed by children to celebrate the birth of Jesus
Midnight Mass The first Mass of Christmas, showing how Jesus brought light into the dark
Magi The three wise men who visited Jesus in Bethlehem
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