This is Rhythms of Habit, a newsletter about approaching the Church Calendar as an apprenticeship in Holiness.

Welcome to Rhythms of Habit, a newsletter about approaching the Church Calendar as an apprenticeship in Holiness. As we live out the Christian Year together, three types of posts will be published:

  1. Introductory: these posts explain how following the calendar is good for your growth as a Christian. The first three of these are free to everyone, and help give a foundation for why you might want to start following the Church Calendar.

  2. About the Church Calendar: these posts share the history of the church calendar, some things that are helpful to know, and help answer common questions. Why do we celebrate saints? What is Epiphany really about? How did these seasons develop? What is a Triduum?

  3. Holy Day / Holy Season Reflections: these posts are the real core of the newsletter. As we encounter Holy Days and Holy Seasons, you will be given habits to consider adopting that are rooted in what is being celebrated on that day or throughout that season.

If you are new here or new to the Church Calendar, you may want to explore the free introductory posts in this newsletter. Think of these as the introductory foundation of the newsletter.

More of these Introductory posts, along with many About the Church Calendar posts will be sent throughout the year to subscribers.

But here is the real core of the newsletter: Holy Day and Holy Season reflections.

As we progress through the Church Calendar year after year, reflections on major and minor Holy Days will be shared. Yes, you will learn more about the calendar itself. But more importantly you will be given daily or seasonal practices and habits to adopt that can be used as you seek to grow in Christ. You can find a free preview of these sort of reflections here: Feast of St. Joseph.

Free subscribers have access to some of these posts throughout the Church Year. If you like what you are reading, consider becoming a paid subscriber to make sure you receive all new reflections as they are published, and gain access to reading all old reflections, too.

In addition to (hopefully) being helpful and informative, this newsletter is also a means of finalizing the draft of my next book, called Rhythms of Habit: The Church Calendar as an Apprenticeship in Holiness. Join me along the way to get a first look at much of the content of that book!


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Jon R. Jordan
Priest + classical school headmaster living in Richardson, TX.