Our Current Liturgical Season … Ordinary Time
What is Ordinary Time?
Ordinary Time is the longest portion of the Church year, and fills the weeks which do not celebrate a specific aspect of the mystery of Christ. The Christmas cycle honors the birth of Christ. The Easter cycle rejoices in the resurrection. Ordinary Time is devoted to the mystery of Christ in all its aspects.
Ordinary Time: meaning ordered or numbered time, is celebrated in two segments:
The first segment begins on the day following the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, which ends the Christmas Season, through the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten Season.
Ordinary Time resumes after the Easter Season on the Monday after Pentecost, and continues until evening prayer on the Saturday before the First Sunday of Advent.
The Church counts the thirty-three or thirty-four Sundays of Ordinary Time, inviting her children to meditate upon the whole mystery of Christ – his life, miracles and teachings – in the light of his Resurrection.
Sunday by Sunday, the Pilgrim Church marks her journey through Ordinary Time as she processes through time toward eternity.
The Vestments are usually green, symbolizing life, hope and growing in the Lord. Vestments of White (Celebrations) and Red (Martyrs) are also worn during Ordinary Time.
Symbol for Ordinary Time:
The Chi Rho is a Christian symbol that dates from the early Church. It is comprised of the first two letters of the Greek word for Messiah, Christos—the letter Chi looks like the letter "X", and the letter Rho looks like the letter "P." This abbreviation became a symbol representing Jesus Christ.