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Chapter 14. The Celebration of the Paschal Mystery of Christ • 173

(CCC, no. 1166). The Church encourages that Sunday, the “Lord’s Day,”

also be a day for rest and recreation. It is also a day when the faithful

can devote themselves to works of mercy and to the apostolate. This is

discussed again in the chapter on the Third Commandment.

The Liturgical Year

In the Liturgical Year, the Church celebrates the whole mystery of Christ

from the Incarnation until the day of Pentecost and the expectation of

Christ’s second coming. The summit of the Liturgical Year is the Easter

Triduum—from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter

Sunday. Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically one

day unfolding for us the unity of Christ’s Paschal Mystery. The presence

of the Risen Lord and his saving work permeates the entire Liturgical

Year: Advent, the Christmas Season, Lent, the Easter Season, and

Ordinary Time.

The Cycle of Saints

Besides the liturgical times just cited, the Church, with a special love,

venerates Mary, the Mother of God, and also offers for the devotion of

the faithful the memory of the martyrs and other saints. The veneration

of Mary is evident in the number of feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Mary is intimately linked to the saving work of her Son. Her feasts call

us to admire and praise her as the outstanding fruit of Christ’s redeem-

ing work. Mary is the pure image of the kind of discipleship we hope

to attain. She prays for us, loves us, and always brings us to Jesus. The

feasts and memorials of the martyrs and other saints are occasions to

praise God for their identification with Christ’s Paschal Mystery. They

are examples to us of love for God and others, of heroic courage in prac-

ticing faith, and of concern for the needs of others. We also rely on their

intercession when we present our needs to God in prayer.

The Liturgy of the Hours

Closely tied to the Eucharist in the daily liturgical life of the Church is

the Liturgy of the Hours, especially Morning and Evening Prayer. The