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Liturgical Year Themes


Churches that follow the liturgy change their sanctuary aesthetics according to the liturgical date or season. This plugin uses CSS to allow these same changes to be made to a website’s theme. The Liturgical Year Themes WordPress plugin uses the date() and easter_days() php functions to calculate the current liturgical day or season. A correlating CSS file is loaded which allows the designer to override their default theme with one fitting for the current time on the Christian calendar. The plugin also provides the option of printing the day or season’s title in the document markup. The Liturgical Year Themes plugin is targeted at church websites, but can also be useful for journals and blogs that value the liturgy.

Currently includes: advent.css third-week-of-advent.css christmas-eve.css christmas.css epiphany.css after-epiphany.css transfiguration.css ash-wednesday.css lent.css palm-sunday.css maundy-thursday.css good-friday.css holy-saturday.css resurrection-sunday.css easter.css eastertide.css ascension.css pentecost.css trinity-sunday.css ordinary-time.css all-saints-day.css christ-the-king.css


  1. Upload the /liturgical-year-themes/ folder to your blog’s plugins folder (usually /wp-content/plugins/) and activate it.
  2. Upload the /liturgy/ folder into your current theme directory (usually /wp-content/themes/your-themes-name/).
  3. Add <?php get_liturgical_time(); ?> to your header template file after the style.css reference and before the closing tag.
  4. Edit the stylesheets in the /liturgy/ directory to override your theme’s default styles.

Optional: * Use <?php get_liturgical_time('title'); ?> in your template files to print the current name or season. * Use <?php get_liturgical_time('name'); ?> in your template files to print the file name for your own use, example: <img src="/images/“.jpg” alt=”” />


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Contributors & Developers

“Liturgical Year Themes” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.



  • Revised the dates for Easter/Pentecost