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Your Year is: 2017

ICCEC Test Calendar Calculator Sunday Lectionary is Year: A  Daily Lectionary is Year:  Two
Events Date
Advent 1 Sun-27-Nov-2016
Advent 2 Sun-04-Dec-2016
Advent 3 Sun-11-Dec-2016
Advent 4 Sun-18-Dec-2016
The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) Sun-25-Dec-2016
First Sunday after Christmas Sun-01-Jan-2017
Second Sunday After Christmas Sun-08-Jan-2017 Not Used this year
Epiphany Fri-06-Jan-2017
Epiphany Sunday Sun-08-Jan-2017
First Sunday after Epiphany (or Baptism of The Lord) Sun-08-Jan-2017
Second Sunday after Epiphany Sun-15-Jan-2017
Third Sunday after Epiphany Sun-22-Jan-2017
Feast of the Lord and Giver of Life Sun-15-Jan-2017
Fourth Sunday after Epiphany Sun-29-Jan-2017
Fifth Sunday after Epiphany Sun-05-Feb-2017
Sixth Sunday after Epiphany Sun-12-Feb-2017
Seventh Sunday after Epiphany Sun-19-Feb-2017
Eighth Sunday after Epiphany Sun-26-Feb-2017 Not Used this year
Last Sunday after Epiphany Sun-26-Feb-2017
Ash Wednesday Wed-01-Mar-2017
Lent 1 Sun-05-Mar-2017
Lent 2 Sun-12-Mar-2017
Lent 3 Sun-19-Mar-2017
Lent 4 Sun-26-Mar-2017
Lent 5 Sun-02-Apr-2017
Palm Sunday Sun-09-Apr-2017
Monday in Holy Week Mon-10-Apr-2017
Tuesday in Holy Week Tue-11-Apr-2017
Wednesday in Holy Week Wed-12-Apr-2017
Thursday in Holy Week Thu-13-Apr-2017
Friday in Holy Week Fri-14-Apr-2017
Saturday in Holy Week Sat-15-Apr-2017
Easter Sun-16-Apr-2017
Second Sunday in Easter Sun-23-Apr-2017
Third Sunday in Easter Sun-30-Apr-2017
Fourth Sunday in Easter Sun-07-May-2017
Fifth Sunday in Easter Sun-14-May-2017
Sixth Sunday in Easter Sun-21-May-2017
Seventh Sunday in Easter (or Ascension Sunday) Sun-28-May-2017
Pentecost Sun-04-Jun-2017
Trinity Sunday Sun-11-Jun-2017
This Ordinary Season Start with Proper 6: 18-Jun-2017
Proper 1 Sun-14-May-2017  Not used this year
Proper 2 Sun-21-May-2017  Not used this year
Proper 3 Sun-28-May-2017  Not used this year
Proper 4 Sun-04-Jun-2017  Not used this year
Proper 5 Sun-11-Jun-2017  Not used this year
Proper 6 Sun-18-Jun-2017
Proper 7 Sun-25-Jun-2017
Proper 8 Sun-02-Jul-2017
Proper 9 Sun-09-Jul-2017
Proper 10 Sun-16-Jul-2017
Proper 11 Sun-23-Jul-2017
Proper 12 Sun-30-Jul-2017
Proper 13 Sun-06-Aug-2017
Proper 14 Sun-13-Aug-2017
Proper 15 Sun-20-Aug-2017
Proper 16 Sun-27-Aug-2017
Proper 17 Sun-03-Sep-2017
Proper 18 Sun-10-Sep-2017
Proper 19 Sun-17-Sep-2017
Proper 20 Sun-24-Sep-2017
Proper 21 Sun-01-Oct-2017
Proper 22 Sun-08-Oct-2017
Proper 23 Sun-15-Oct-2017
Proper 24 Sun-22-Oct-2017
Proper 25 Sun-29-Oct-2017
Proper 26 Sun-05-Nov-2017
Proper 27 Sun-12-Nov-2017
Proper 28 Sun-19-Nov-2017
Proper 29 (or Christ the King) Sun-26-Nov-2017
Advent 1 (next year) Sun-03-Dec-2017
Other Days
Ascension Thu-25-May-2017
Corpus Christi Thu-15-Jun-2017
Missions Offering(All Saints Sunday) Sun-29-Oct-2017
Foundation Day Sun-25-Jun-2017

The Rules Behind the Calculation

Basic Rules: The Church Calendar has 2 fixed points, Nativity of the Lord(Christmas) always on December 25th and Easter, the first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the spring equinox. Modern programming languages now have a function call easter(). It will find the date of Easter in any year in the parentheses. This program uses these two dates to determine everything else.

Advent: Advent always has four Sundays, but it can be either three or four weeks long. When Advent 4 is on Dec 24th, the morning is Advent 4 and the afternoon is Christmas Eve. The Advent Sundays are calculated finding the 4 Sundays before December 25th, even if one of those Sundays is Christmas Eve. There can be up to two Sundays after Christmas, but most years there is only one.

Epiphany: Twelve days after Christmas (25 Dec) is Epiphany (6 Jan). This is the twelve days of Christmas. The Sunday nearest to 6 Jan can be celebrated as Epiphany Sunday, if the nearest Sunday is after Epiphany is can be either "Epiphany Sunday" or "The Baptism of the Lord" based on local preference. Epiphany Sundays are then counted until the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. The readings labeled the "Last Sunday of Epiphany", is always last. So, if you have five weeks of Epiphany, instead of celebrating the fifth week, you celebrate the "Last Sunday of Epiphany". A good way to remember is that the Last Sunday of Epiphany has the Ash Wednesday readings.

Lent: Lent always has 46 days, 40 not counting the Sundays (which are a feast day in Lent). Lent is always calculated back from Easter. Lent, like Advent and the Easter Season, have a fixed number of Sundays, and the other seasons expand and contract to fit them.

Easter: In 325AD the Council of Nicaea established that Easter would be held on the first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the spring equinox. From that point forward, the Easter date has depended on the ecclesiastical approximation of March 21 for the equinox. Easter is delayed by one week if the full moon is on Sunday. Easter can be as early March 21st (the year 1818) or late as 10 May ( the year 2268).

Easter Determines these dates
Ash Wednesday (47 days before Easter)
Ascension Day (10 days before Whit Sunday)
Palm Sunday (1 week before Easter Sunday)
Pentecost (Whit Sunday) (7 weeks after Easter Sunday)
The Easter Season always has seven Sundays, plus Pentecost.

Day of Pentecost: Pentecost Sunday ends the fiftieth day after Easter (the Greek word for "50th" is “Pentecost” ) It does not begin a “Pentecost Season”.

Trinity Sunday: Is the first Sunday after Pentecost.

Ordinary Time: (aka Kingdomtide) Ordinary time, does not mean common. It refers to Ordinal time, or Ordinal numbers, which means First, Second, third etc, which are ranks, versus Cardinal numbers which are 1,2,3,.. which mean how many. Ordinary weeks are set backward from the last week of the Church Year, which is always Proper 29. When do the Proper’s start? It has been determined that earliest possible Day of Pentecost is May 10, hence Proper 1 is“closest to May 11”. The propers are planned backward. The Sunday before Advent 1 (of the next year) is Proper 29, then the propers fill in before that until they hit Pentecost and the proper closet to that Sunday after Pentecost is used. The early propers are rarely used, but those reading still find their way in the lectionary, because they are repeats of last weeks of Epiphany. You may notice the readings for Proper 1 are just the same as the readings for the 6th Sunday after Epiphany; Proper 2 is the same as seventh Sunday after Epiphany. This continues to the 8th Sunday after Epiphany, the greatest number of Sundays possible after Epiphany.

Sixth Sunday After Epiphany = Proper 1
Seventh Sunday After Epiphany = Proper 2
Eighth Sunday After Epiphany = Proper 3

Closest To: Any Sundays closest to a date are calculated like this
Sunday < Monday <Tuesday <Wednesday
Thursday> Friday> Saturday > Sunday

Why only can we only calculate date between 1970-2037? This is the Y2K problem of servers. The servers count dates by seconds from Dec 1969. Those seconds will fill a 32-bit integer (the size of integers computer use to talk) in 2037. The issue is well known and several fixes are in the pipeline. Until then, the answer to easter(2038) is a surprise, just kidding, BCP has it calculated until 2089.

Lectionary Cycles Calculation
The Sunday Lectionary Cycle (Year A, B or C) and Daily Office Cycle(One or Two) calculation are simple. The Daily Office One years starts in even years (Advent 1 Sunday) and Daily Office Two starts in odd years.
The Sunday Lectionary Cycle starts incrementing from 1968 by three years, and any Advent Sunday 1 that matches one of those years is Year A, same for Year B(1969) and Year C(1970). Advent 1 or 1968,1969,1970 (A,B,C) Advent 1 for 1971,1972,1973 (A,B,C) etc.