Liturgical Calendar


Pages giving a brief explanation of different elements concerning liturgical calendars. Where helpful a link to the relevant explanation will be provided in the sections below.
Liturgical Calendar
A liturgical calendar for the current and other years. Information is provided about Sunday and other celebrations. This information is being developed over the coming years.
A table giving a Summary of dates can be found at the bottom of the page.
Information is also included about the Universal Calendar (brief explanation) which is used by the whole Church.
Calendar Notes
Each year the Liturgy Office provides a summary of the Liturgical Calendar for the forthcoming year noting any particular changes. A draft list is provided for the following year.
If you would like to receive an email when the Calendar Notes are available and notification of any changes that may occur send an email to the Liturgy Office.
Liturgical Seasons
In addition to the brief introduction the following pages give background notes and a compendium of materials from the site.
National Calendar
Details of the National Calendars for:
The following Church documents on celebrating the liturgical year are available:
Table of Rubrics
The table of rubrics gives details of when celebrations using the formularies from Ritual Masses, Masses for Various Needs and Occasions, Votive Masses, and Masses for the Dead are permitted within the liturgical year.
Moveable Feasts
A page giving a table of moveable feasts up to 2040 with downloadable pdf file
Table of Sundays
Apart from the Seasons of Lent and Easter each Sunday of the Year is tied to a range of dates - this table gives details.
Holydays of Obligation
Bold entries in the table below denote Holydays of Obligation in England and Wales. From the 1st Sunday of Advent 2006 (3 December) the number of Holydays in England and Wales will change. The Epiphany of the Lord, The Ascension of the Lord and the Body and Blood of Christ will be transferred to the Sunday as laid down in the liturgical books. This is shown in the table below. For more details see the Holydays page.
According to a decision of the Bishops' Conference (1984) Holydays which fall on Saturday or Monday are transferred to the Sunday.
Summary Table of Liturgical Dates
2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Lectionary (Sunday/Weekday) C/1 A/II B/I C/II A/I B/II
First Sunday of Advent 2 December 2012 1 December 2013 30 November 2014 29 November 2015 27 November 3 December
Birth of the Lord 25 December 25 December 25 December 25 December 25 December 25 December
Epiphany 6 January 5 January 4 January 3 January 8 January 7 January
Ash Wednesday 13 February 5 March 18 February 10 February 1 March 14 February
Easter Sunday 31 March 20 April 5 April 27 March 16 April 1 April
Ascension 12 May 1 June 17 May 8 May 28 May 13 May
Pentecost 19 May 8 June 24 May 15 May 4 June 20 May
The Body and Blood of Christ 2 June 22 June 7 June 29 May 18 June 3 June
St Peter & St Paul 30 June 29 June 28 June 29 June 29 June 29 June
Assumption 15 August 15 August 16 August 14 August 15 August 15 August
All Saints 1 November 2 November 1 November 1 November 1 November 1 November
First Sunday of Advent 1 December 30 November 29 November 27 November 3 December 2 December