Next Sunday, July 12th, is the fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time in the Church’s liturgical year. Did you ever stop to wonder why it is called 'Ordinary Time'?
The English expression ‘Ordinary Time’ is based on the the Latin term tempus per annum meaning, literally, time through the year.
In the Roman rite, Ordinary Time comprises two periods: one, beginning on the day after the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord (the end of the Christmas season) and ending on the day before Ash Wednesday, and the other beginning after Pentecost (the end of the Easter season) and continuing until the Saturday before the First Sunday of Advent.
During Ordinary Time, the liturgical colour is green – appropriate because it is the most ordinary colour in our natural environment. So your local priest is wearing green for a reason!
Ordinary Time celebrates the mystery of Christ in all its aspects. During it we remember and celebrate the life of Jesus that was ordinary, much like our own lives!
Religious life is sometimes called a 'life less ordinary'. It's different. It's different because we immerse ourselves in the mission of Jesus Christ.
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