Tuesday, 2 June 2009
I find myself actually very pleased to be in the Ordinary Time of the Liturgical Year now, with all the the altar furnishings going from white to green... Easter is a lovely season, but then I think we often underappreciate that time of the calendar which is not Advent, Christmas, Lent or Easter. Ordinary time does not mean 'mundane' time, but rather, comes from the latin 'ordinal' meaning 'numbered,' referring to the numbering of its weeks. The season began after the Baptism of the Lord until Ash Wednesday, and now continues again until the start of Advent. According to the General Norms for the Liturgical Year, it 'is devoted to the mystery of Christ in all its aspects,' whereas other seasons concentrate on particular aspects of Christ's life. So Ordinary Time is far from ordinary!