Sunday, September 27, 2015

The American liturgical year

Wikipedia reports that Christianity is the most popular religion in the United States, with 70.6% of polled American adults identifying themselves as Christian in 2014.

But, how many Americans go to church regularly?

If you listen to the answers provided by major opinion research firms, the answer usually hovers around 40%.

In recent years this consensus has been challenged. It seems that it’s more accurate to say that 40% of Americans claim to attend church regularly.

In 1998, sociologist Stanley Presser at the University of Michigan made the estimate that the actual percentage of Americans attending church from the mid-1960’s to the 90’s was about 26%.

The rest had good intentions. But, Americans do have a cycle of celebration.

The liturgical cycle divides the church year into a series of seasons. The Christian year starts with Advent, followed by Christmas, Ordinary Time, Lent, Easter, Pentecost and back to Advent.  Throughout the year various denomination celebrate fasting times and feast days.

It seems to me that Americans have fused the liturgical year and the American secular year to produce our own American liturgical year.

It starts with Halloween followed by Thanksgiving, Christmas, Presidents Day, St Patrick's Day / Easter, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, and back to Halloween.

Just a thought...

1 comment:

  1. Just remember In the overall scheme of things . . . "It is not your fault".

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