“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, summer Ordinary Time begins on Monday, May 25, the day after Pentecost, and continues till mid-September, when it continues into autumn Ordinary Time.
Ordinary Time in summer recounts the works and words of Jesus and points us toward November and the closing of the church year, when we celebrate the heavenly Jerusalem and the universal kingship of Jesus.
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 Ordinary Time color of days that do not celebrate a particular feast is green.
Sundays in Ordinary Time are sometimes replaced by a feast of higher rank. This summer Trinity Sunday and Corpus Christi take the place of Sundays 9 and 10. Great feasts on weekdays are June 24, the Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist; June 12, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart; August 6, the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord; August 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Other special days are May 25, Memorial Day; July 4, Independence Day (this year observed on July 3) and September 7, Labor Day. The Assumption is a Holy Day of Obligation, but the obligation does not apply in 2015 since August 15 is a Saturday. We will have one Mass that day, at 8:15 a.m.
Thanks to our Bishops’ Conference, we have a PDF of the Liturgical Calendar for 2015.
How does the summer sound at Saint Jude’s? We’ll be singing many hymns, old and new, but the musical core of our worship is the service music of Mass (Kyrie, Gloria, Alleluia, Eucharistic Prayer Acclamations, Lamb of God). We alternate settings, changing service music each time we enter a new division in the Ordinary Time Gospel narrative. To see the planning blocks the summer Sundays 11 through 23 in Ordinary Time, Year B, check HERE.
LAMB OF GOD (AGNUS DEI): We alternate several settings, including this one from Mass of Christ the Savior.
The Ordinary Time liturgical color of Sundays and weekdays that do not celebrate a particular saint is green.
It’s really not so ordinary, so let’s celebrate Ordinary Time.
Have you ever wondered how many hymns and refrains we know at Saint Jude Church? Check out Saint Jude Sings and click on the link for a comprehensive list of songs currently sung in church by the people of our parish.
We are called to follow Jesus in our daily lives, to conform ever more closely to him, to evangelize and bring the Gospel to the whole world. Use our web page to help in your effort.
Together we go forward, following Jesus, with a song on our lips.
Why not #769 in our hymnal, our Mission Song of 2014, God Sends Us Forth?