Ordinary Time Winter (Year B)
“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 12 and continues through Tuesday, February 17, the day before Ash Wednesday. It resumes after Lent, Triduum and Easter, on Monday, May 25, 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. It’s time now to mark your calendar using the Triduum 2015 schedule at Saint Jude
Mid-January is dedicated to intensive efforts to help us all 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.
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 I of the weekday Lectionary.
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.
Thanks to our Bishops’ Conference, we have a PDF of the complete Liturgical Calendar for 2015.