Announcing the Liturgical Year on the Lychgate

Dr. Doreen H. Klassen

In today’s world, there are many commercial symbols of changing celebratory seasons, such as Hallowe’en masks, Christmas tree lights, and Easter chocolate. The church, too, has its seasonal markers—Advent candle wreaths, the Paschal candle, the changing liturgical colours of hangings and vestments, and seasonal banners—but these are not generally visible to the wider community. However, on April 2nd, the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist greeted pedestrians and motorists in Corner Brook with palm branches on the lychgate, announcing the beginning of Holy Week on the Sunday of the Passion, Palm Sunday.  

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