Season of Ordinary Time
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
Pope Francis has proclaimed a special "Year of St. Joseph" in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pope Pius IX's declaration of St. Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church.
The USCCB - United States Catholic Conference of Bishops - offers some great resources, materials and prayers/devotions to assist in the celebration of this special year. Click the link below and check back often for updates and additions.