Ordinary Time, Year C (Summer)
“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 16, the day after Pentecost, and continues till Advent.
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 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.
This year at Saint Jude Church we are learning a new, contemporary Mass setting by Curtis Stephan. The various Mass parts will be taught before Sunday Masses. You’ll find them at Mass of Renewal. Click on an icon in the LISTEN column to hear a part of the Mass.
The Ordinary Time liturgical color of Sundays and weekdays that do not celebrate a particular saint 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 8 an 9. Great feasts on weekdays are June 3, the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus; June 24, the Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist; June 29, the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles; 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 30, Memorial Day; July 4, Independence Day and September 5, Labor Day. The Assumption is a Holy Day of Obligation, but the obligation does not apply in 2016 since August 15 is a Monday.
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.
Together we go forward, following Jesus, with a song on our lips.
Follow the feasts of this season in the column to the right, or in the full liturgical calendar, with link below.