Liturgical Calendar Begins New Year; Season of Advent Starts
The church calendar formally began another liturgical year at the start of Advent Season on 29 November 2020. This formally marks the end of the Ordinary Times and the beginning of the church's preparation for the approaching Christmas season.
2020-2021 is Liturgical Year Cycle B. It preceded Liturgical Year Cycle A of 2019-2020.
It also marks the end of the year of The Year of Ecumenism, Interreligious Dialogue, and Indigenous Peoples that began last year and marks the start of The Year of the Missio Ad Gentes (Mission to the Nations). 2021 will also mark the 500th year of the arrival of Christianity to the Philippines.
However, the current COVID-19 pandemic has forced the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines to adjust the celebrations.
A liturgical year consists of the cycle of liturgical seasons in Christian churches that determines when feast days, including celebrations of saints, are to be observed, and which portions of Scripture are to be read either in an annual cycle or in a cycle of several years.