Friday, June 30, 2023

What is Ordinary Time?

 We're in the midst of Ordinary Time.

 The Loyola Kids Book of Bible Stories by Amy Welborn  is organized according to the liturgical year - that is I organized the Bible stories I retell according to when a child would most likely hear them during the course of the liturgical year during Mass. I reasoned that this is the context in which most Catholics experience Scripture - so let's work with it!

"amy welborn"

"amy welborn"

Ordinary Time is called "ordinary" not because it is common but simply because the weeks of Ordinary Time are numbered. The Latin word ordinalis, which refers to numbers in a series, stems from the Latin word ordo, from which we get the English word order. Thus, the numbered weeks of Ordinary Time, in fact, represent the ordered life of the Church—the period in which we live our lives neither in feasting (as in the Christmas and Easter seasons) or in more severe penance (as in Advent and Lent), but in watchfulness and expectation of the Second Coming of Christ.