The liturgical year, or the Church year, superimposes the mysteries of the life of Christ–from his Incarnation to his second coming in glory–on the normal course of the year. The liturgical year begins with Advent, the time of waiting for the Lord, and has its first high point in the Christmas season and its second, even greater climax in the celebration of the redemptive suffering, death, and Resurrection of Christ at Easter. The Easter season ends with the feast of Pentecost, the descent of the Holy Spirit on the → CHURCH. The liturgical year is repeatedly interrupted by feasts of Mary and the saints, in which the Church praises God’s grace, which has led humankind to salvation.
*Source: YOUCAT: Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church. (2010).