Ordinary Time, Year C (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 Monday, January 11 and continues through Tuesday, February 9, the day before Ash Wednesday. It resumes after Lent, Triduum and Easter, on Monday, May 16, the day after Pentecost, and continues till Advent.
The Lectionary scripture readings at Sunday Mass are divided over a three-year cycle. This is Year C, the year of Saint Luke, when his Gospel is read more often than the others.You can see how the Gospel of Luke is distributed throughout the year HERE.
The weekday readings at Mass are divided over a two-year cycle. This is Year 2 of the weekday Lectionary.
The Ordinary Time liturgical color of Sundays and weekdays that do not celebrate a particular saint is green.
GET READY FOR LENT!
Ordinary Time in winter points us toward Lent, which is a preparation for the Sacred Paschal Triduum. It’s time now to mark your calendar using the Lent and Triduum Schedule 2016 at Saint Jude. On February 7, CARNIVAL SUNDAY, just before Ash Wednesday, bring your Palm Sunday palms from home. We will collect them at the end of each Mass. After the 11am Mass they will be burned to make our Ash Wednesday ashes.
Thanks to our Bishops’ Conference, we have a PDF of the Liturgical Calendar for 2016.
It’s really not so ordinary, so let’s celebrate Ordinary Time.
Follow the feasts of this season in the column to the right, or in the full liturgical calendar, with link below.