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Year A - Season of Epiphany - 2011
This year, Easter is almost as late as it can possibly be. Which means that the Season of Epiphany is as long as it can be. This is two pieces of good news for working preachers.
The first is that we can get our breath before launching into the intense work of Lent, Holy Week, and Easter.
The second is that we get a chance to (finally) do a sermon series and/or Bible study on the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew, Chapters 5, 6, and 7. Matthew's collection of these teachings of Jesus provide an excellent map of the Christian life: the attitudes, values, and behaviours we should cultivate.
Epiphany of the Lord
January 6 or May be used on the First Sunday of January
Baptism of the Lord
First Sunday After The Epiphany
Sunday Between January 7 and January 13 Inclusive
January 9, 2011
Sunday Between January 14 and January 20 Inclusive
January 16, 2011
Sunday Between January 21 and January 27 Inclusive
January 23, 2011
Sunday Between January 28 and February 3 Inclusive
January 30, 2011
Sunday Between February 4 and February 10 Inclusive
February 6, 2011
Sunday Between February 11 and February 17 Inclusive
February 13, 2011
Sunday Between February 18 and February 24 Inclusive
February 20, 2011
Sunday Between February 25 and March 3 (or March 2 in leap years) Inclusive
February 27, 2011
Sunday Before Ash Wednesday
Last Sunday After The Epiphany
May occur as early as February 1 or as late as March 7
March 6, 2011
Sunday Between March 4 (or March 3 in leap years) and March 7 Inclusive
March 6, 2011
* Link to Amazon.com Bibliography for Bruce J. Malina and Richard Rohrbaugh, Social Science Commentary on ... The Synoptic Gospels; The Gospel of John; The Book of Acts; The Letters of Paul; The Book of Revelation; and others.
+ Link to Amazon.com Bibliography for Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler, Jewish Annotated New Testament, The Bible With and Without Jesus, Short Stories by Jesus, Entering the Passion of Jesus, and others.