Ordinary Time, Year A (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 the Sundays and the weeks, rather than name them.

This year, Ordinary Time begins on Tuesday, January 10 and continues through Tuesday, February 28, the day before Ash Wednesday. It resumes after Lent, Triduum and Easter, on Monday, June 5, the day after Pentecost.

Ordinary Time points us toward Lent, which is a preparation for the Sacred Paschal Triduum. It’s time now to mark your calendar using the Lent-Triduum Calendar 2017.

During Ordinary Time between Christmas and Lent, we observe the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. You can find texts 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, scroll down to the Full Liturgical Calendar, or use the column to the right, to click on the individual days.


The scripture readings at Mass are arranged in a three-year cycle. This is Year A, the year of Saint Matthew, when his Gospel is read more often than the others.You can see how the Gospel of Matthew is distributed throughout the year HERE.

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. The second reading, from the writings of the Apostles,


You’ll find an outline overview of the Year A Gospels in Ordinary Time HERE. 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. On February 22 we honor The Chair of Saint Peter the Apostle,


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

Thanks to our Bishops’ Conference, we have a Liturgical Calendar for 2017.

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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