The season begins with the birthday of the Christian church on the festival day of Pentecost, and lasts well into the fall. During this time, we celebrate the work of the Holy Spirit as well as the apostles, the saints and other ancestors in the faith whose lives are an example for us to see how the Spirit is at work in the world and how we, too, are called by that same Spirit to serve God and neighbor.
The season of Epiphany (beginning January 6) celebrates the revelation of Christ to all nations, Jesus' baptism in the River Jordan, and Christ as the light of the world. The season ends the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.
One of the shortest seasons in the Christian year, Christmastide bridges the calendar years of 2016 and 2017. We celebrate the birth of God's promised Messiah from Nativity (Christmas Eve/Christmas Day) to Epiphany in January.