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Liturgical Seasons 
Season of Ordinary Time

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The biggest chunk of our Church's Liturgical year is Ordinary Time.

But, it is FAR from ordinary!

Ordinary Time comes from the Latin word 'ordinalis' -  meaning 'numbered' or 'ruled' - which describes the ongoing and rhythmic nature of this SEason

Far from ordinary or plain, when considered as a Season.

Advent & Christmas recall the Incarnation of Jesus.

Lent & Easter, the passion, death & resurrection of Jesus.

Ordinary Time  - 33-34 weeks long - depending on how the other feasts fall - contain "The REST of the Story" - Jesus' ministry here on earth and some of the other major events that we all know - the miracles, the parables, sermon on the mount, the bread of life teachings and many more! It is a time of conversion, maturation and growth!

How do we prevent it from becoming ordinary?

Here are some ideas!

Scripture Study - Enter into the Scripture of each Sunday in the Season! 

                                 Read through the readings BEFORE coming to Mass!

                                  Even better, attend Wednesday night Scripture Study from

                                       6-7pm after the 5:15pm Mass - the readings for the

                                        coming Sunday are read and discussed.

Keep the Sabbath - 'Shabbat' for Jews - is a day of rest from work.  Some 

                                       can't take this day off - thanks to our 24/7 daily lives.

                                        But, even if you DO have to work, find a way to keep a

                                         Sabbath. Maybe turn off your phone and don't use

                                          your computer.  Focus on things that replenish or

                                           enrich, those things that you don't check a clock for

                                            when you do them...

Get out in nature -     Much of Ordinary Time is set within summer & fall - get

                                      out into God's creation and celebrate all He has made.

Start a daily prayer routine -  OR continue one

                                   - Start praying the Liturgy of the Hours - make it a point

                                        to pray Morning Prayer to start your day or Evening

                                         Prayer to end it,   If you head outdoors, add a devotion

                                          to your activity!   OR make a mundane daily activity 

                                           a prayer!