The Christian Year

Evelyn Capel

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Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Ascension, Whitsun, St John's, Michaelmas.

216 x 138 mm
Floris Books
Religion & Spirituality
256 pages
Publication date:
01 Jan 1991


Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Ascension, Whitsun, St John's, Michaelmas.

The cycle of the Earth's changing seasons figures the eternal drama of life, death and resurrection. Waking and sleeping, breathing in and breathing out, humankind daily and annually lives through the cosmic rhythm together with the Earth itself and all of nature. The influence of sun, moon and other heavenly bodies affects every living thing.

Christianity reveals that it is cosmic in character through perpetuating the ancient observance of festivals throughout the year. Old traditions and customs do endure, though these are not easily comprehensible to many people nowadays. A new understanding is needed for the meaning of these festivals and a new appreciation for the spiritual rhythms in the life of the Earth. Then we shall discover for ourselves a bridge between the inner and outer life, along a path of truly Christian experience taking through each year.


'I have always loved everything I've read by Evelyn Capel -- most of which is sadly out of print. She is one of those rare people who can not only understand the nature of things on many levels, but she also has a warm heart and conveys this deep and penetrating understanding as though her heart was speaking to yours.'
-- Bob and Nancy's Bookshop,

'A wonderful companion to read through the cycle of the year. Very readable!'
-- Rafael Foundation,


Evelyn Capel (1911-2000) was born at Stow-on-the-Wold in the Cotswold Hills in England. She studied history at Somerville College, Oxford, and then studied at the seminar of The Christian Community in Stuttgart. In 1939, she became the first English woman priest ordained within it to celebrate the sacraments.


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