There are so many calendars in our lives: calendars that begin in January, school calendars that begin in August, summer sports calendars that begin in April,… With all these calendars it is so easy to not realize or to forget that there is a Church Year calendar, a Liturgical Year calendar. This calendar starts each year with the first Sunday of Advent.
I like teaching about the Liturgical Year because, as the children color the Liturgical Year calendar, those different colored vestments that priests wear suddenly make sense. There is a reason that the priests wear different colors on different days! The color for each Sunday is the color of vestments the priests wear and the color for decorating the church.
This Liturgical Year calendar can be printed on an 11 x 17 sheet of paper or on two 8.5 x 11 sheets of paper. You can print it in color or in black and white. I like to print it in black and white because the process of coloring the calendar helps the children learn more about the Liturgical Year.
If you printed the 8.5 x 11 size, trim off the border and tape or glue together. (Note: The border will be white on the printed page. It is just blue in the picture so you can easily see where it is.)
If you printed the black and white version of the Liturgical Calendar, use this coloring guide to know what color to make each Sunday.
On the First Sunday of Advent, I wish you a
“Happy New Year!”