Here are abridged listings of books dealing specifically with the origin, development, and meaning of the Church Year, as well as the Church Year and Spiritual Formation. As subject which has been lived and reflected on for centuries, the following resources are meant to give you an introduction to this and related concepts.
~Adam, Adolf. The Key to Faith: Meditations on the Liturgical Year, trans. Patrick Madigan Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1998.
-------. The Liturgical Year: Its History and Its Meaning after the Reform of the Liturgy. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1992.
~Billy, Dennis J. There is a Season: Living the Liturgical Year. Liguori, MO: Liguori Publications, 2001.
~Baldovin, John F. "The Liturgical Year: Calendar for a Just Community," pp. 59-76, in Worship, City, Church and Renewal. Washington, DC: Pastoral Press, 1991.
~Belisle, Augustine. The Wheel of Becoming. Petersham, MA: St. Bede's Publications, 1987.
~Black, Vicki K. Welcome to the Church Year. Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse Publishing, 2004.
_____. Book of Common Prayer. New York: Church Hymnal Corp., 1979.
_____. Book of Common Worship. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 1992.
~Borsch, Frederick Houk. Introducing the Lessons of the Church Year: A Guide for Lay Leaders and Congregations. New York: Seabury, 1978.
~Bosch, Paul. Church Year Guide. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1987.
~Chilton, Bruce. Redeeming Time. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2002.
~Colwell, John E. The Rhythm of Doctrine. Milton Keynes, UK: Paternoster, 2007.
~Cowie, L. W., and John Selwyn Gummer. The Christian Calendar: A Complete Guide to the Seasons of the Christian Year Telling the Story of Christ and the Saints from Advent to Pentecost. Springfield, MA: G and C Merriam Company, 1974.
~Eslinger, Richard. "Civil Religion and the Year of Grace," Worship 58 (1984) 372-383.
~Every, George, Richard Harries, and Kallistos Ware, eds. The Time of the Spirit: Readings through the Christian Year. Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1984.
~Halmo, Joan. Celebrating the Church Year with Young Children. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1988.
~Hammerton, Kelly, and Robert Hammerton. Spring Time: Seasons of the Christian Year. Nashville: Upper Room, 1980.
~Hickman, Hoyt L., Don E. Saliers, Laurence Hull Stookey, and James F. White. The New Handbook of the Christian Year. Nashville: Abingdon, 1992.
~Hynes, Mary Ellen, et al. Companion to the Calendar: A Guide to the Saints and Mysteries of the Christian Calendar. Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 1993.
~Johnson, Lawrence, ed. The Church Gives Thanks and Remembers: Essays on the Liturgical Year. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1984.
~Johnson, Maxwell E. Between Memory and Hope: Readings on the Liturgical Year. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2000.
~Kay, James E. Seasons of Grace: Reflections from the Christian Year. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1994.
~L’Engle, Madeleine. The Irrational Season. New York: Crosswicks, 1977.
______. Liturgical Year: Celebrating the Mystery of Christ and His Saints. Washington, DC: Bishops Committee on the Liturgy, United States Catholic Conference, 1985.
______. Liturgical Year: The Worship of God. Supplemental Liturgical Resource 7. Louisville:
Westminster/John Knox, 1992.
~Martimort, A. G., Irenee Henri Dalmais, and Pierre Jounel. The Church at Prayer: The Liturgy and Time. London: Geoffrey Chapman, 1983.
~Metford, J. C. J. The Christian Year. London: Thomas and Hudson, 1991.
~Mitchell, Lionel L. Planning the Church Year. Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse Publishing, 1991.
~Nardone, Richard M. The Story of the Christian Year. New York: Paulist, 1991.
~Nocent, Adrian. "Christian Sunday," pp. 130-141, in Eugene J. Fisher, ed., The Jewish Roots of Christian Liturgy. New York: Paulist Press, 1990.
-------. The Liturgical Year. 4 vols. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1977.
~Oden, Thomas C. Cindy Crosby, eds. Ancient Christian Devotional. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2007.
~O’Driscoll, Herbert. A Year of the Lord: Reflections of the Christian Faith from the Advent of the Christ Child to the Reign of Christ as King. Wilton, CT: Morehouse-Barlow, 1986.
~Peterson, Eugene, and Emilie Griffin, eds. Epiphanies: Stories for the Christian Year. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2003.
~Porter, Boone H. Keeping the Church Year. New York: Seabury, 1977.
~Power, David, ed. The Times of Celebration. Concillium No. 142. New York: Seabury, 1981.
~Preston, Geoffrey. Hallowing the Time. New York: Paulist, 1980.
~Stookey, Laurence Hull. Calendar: Christ's Time for the Church. Nashville: Abingdon, 1996.
~Talley, Thomas J. "The Origin of Lent at Alexandria," Studia Patristica 17 (1982) 594-612.
~Webber, Robert, ed. The Services of the Christian, Year. Vol. 5 of The Complete Library of Christian Worship. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1994.
-------. The Majestic Tapestry. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1986.
~Westerhoff, John H., III. A Pilgrim People: Learning through the Church Year. New York: Seabury, 1984.
~Whalen, Michael D. Seasons and Feasts of the Church Year: An Introduction. New York: Paulist, 1993.
~White, James F. Introduction to Christian Worship. Rev. ed. Nashville: Abingdon, 1990.
~Wilde, James A., ed. At That Time: Cycles and Seasons of the Christian Year. Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 1989.
~Zimmerman, Martha. Celebrating Biblical Feasts. Bloomington, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 2004.
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~Adam, Adolph. The Liturgical Year. New York: Pueblo, 1981.
~Biffi, Inos. An Introduction to the Liturgical Year. Grand Rapids: MI Eerdmans, 1994)
~Black, Vicki K. Welcome to the Church Year: An Introduction to the Seasons of the Episcopal Church. Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse Publishing, 2004.
~Buckland, Patricia B. Advent to Pentecost: A History of the Church Year. Wilton, Conn.: Morehouse-Barlow, 1979.
~Dix, Dom Gregory. The Shape of the Liturgy. London and New York: Continuum, 1945.
~Hickman, Hoyt L. and others. The New Handbook of the Christian Year. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1992.
~McArthur, A. A. The Evolution of the Christian Year. London: SCM, 1953.
~Micks, Marianne H. The Future Present: The Phenomenon of Christian Worship. New York: Seabury Press, 1970.
~Nardone, Richard M. The Story of the Christian Year. Paulist Press, 1991.
~Nocent, Adrian. The Liturgical Year. 4 vols. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1977.
~Oldenburg, Mark. "Liturgical Year: Within the World, Within Its Time" in Inside Out: Worship in an Age of Mission edited by Thomas H. Schattauer. Fortress, 1999.
~Pless, John T. "Catechesis for Life in the Royal Priesthood" Logia (Reformation 1994), 3-10.
112-1207_CRW.jpg~Porter, H. Boone. Keeping the Church Year. New York: Seabury Press, 1977.
~Russell, Joseph P. Sharing Our Biblical Story: A Guide to Using Liturgical Readings as the Core of Church and Family Education. Minneapolis: Winston Press, 1979.
~Senn, Frank. Christian Liturgy: Catholic and Evangelical. Fortress, 1997.
~Skudlarek, William. The Word in Worship: Preaching in a Liturgical Context. Abingdon Press, 1981.
~Stookey, Laurence Hull. Calendar: Christ's Time for the Church. Abingdon, 1996.
~Talley, Thomas J. The Origins of the Liturgical Year. New York: Pueblo, 1986.
~Webber, Robert. Ancient-Future Time.
~Webber, Robert (editor). The Complete Library of Christian Worship: The Services of the Christian Year. Star Song Publishing Group, 1994