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.
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,
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.
It’s really not so ordinary, so let’s celebrate Ordinary Time.
Thanks to our Bishops’ Conference, we have a Liturgical Calendar for 2017.