Ordinary Time, Year B (Winter)

“Besides the times of the year that have their own distinctive character, there remains in the yearly cycle thirty-three or thirty-four weeks in which no particular aspect of the mystery of Christ is celebrated, but rather the mystery of Christ itself is honored in its fullness, especially on Sundays. This period is known as Ordinary Time” (Universal Norms, 43). The word Ordinary is used because we use ordinal numbers to count Sundays and weeks, rather than name them.

This year, Ordinary Time begins on Tuesday, January 9, the day after Baptism of the Lord, and continues through Tuesday, February 13, the day before Ash Wednesday. It resumes after Lent, Triduum and Easter, on Monday, May 21, the day after Pentecost, and continues till Advent.

Ordinary Time in winter points us toward Lent, which is a preparation for the Sacred Paschal Triduum. Watch the bulletin to mark your calendar using the Triduum 2018 Calendar at Saint Jude. After it is published we will feature here.

Mid-January is dedicated to helping us Respect Life. Find more Right to Life links HERE.

During Ordinary Time between Christmas and Lent, we observe the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. You can find resources and prayers for prayer during this week HERE.

For the readings assigned to Sundays and weekday feasts and memorials, as well as activities and customs for their celebrations, go to the Liturgical Calendar or click on the individual days in the column to the right.


The Lectionary scripture readings at Sunday Mass are divided over a three-year cycle. This is Year B, the year of Saint Mark, when his Gospel is read more often than the others. You can see how the Gospel of Mark is distributed throughout the year HERE. The weekday readings at Mass are divided over a two-year cycle. This is Year II of the weekday Lectionary.

Christ’s manifestation as the Son of God is introduced on Epiphany and continues on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord and the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. Beginning with the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, we have a semi-continuous reading of Matthew’s Gospel. We trace the life of Jesus and concentrate each week on a specific teaching of the Lord. The first reading, from the Old Testament, is connected thematically to the Gospel. he second reading, from the writings of the Apostles, is part of lectio continua, or continuous reading of a particular book, and does not always reflect the themes of the other readings.


The Ordinary Time liturgical color of Sundays and weekdays that do not celebrate a particular saint is green.

On February 2, we celebrate the Presentation of the Lord, an ancient feast of the church. It is also known as Candlemas, because on this day candles are blessed and distributed. Many people light a blessed candle in their homes during storms.

We remember Saint Blaise on February 3 and throats are blessed to ask for God’s healing and protection from disease.

Thanks to our Bishops’ Conference, we have a PDF of the complete Liturgical Calendar for 2018.


It’s really not so ordinary, so let’s celebrate Ordinary Time.

During Ordinary Time we continue the work of evangelization. Renewed and strengthened by our celebration of the Eucharist, we are sent out to the world with a song on our lips.

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