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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.
Of course, many feast days and solemnities occur in Ordinary Time for example: The Most Holy Trinity, the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ,The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Saints Peter and Paul, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, All Saints, and All Souls, Christ the King.
Christ the King always falls on the 34th Sunday of Ordinary Time. So, we determine the week number after Pentecost not based on where we left off before Lent, but counting backward from Christ the King.
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.