Ordinary Time, Year A (autumn)
At this time of year “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 page covers the fall season, beginning on September 14, Exaltation of the Holy Cross, and continuing to the end of October. There will be another page for November, because of a shift of emphasis in the Sacred Liturgy
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.
This autumn, after the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on September 14, we continue our Ordinary Time “counting” Sundays with Sunday 25, continuing through Sunday 30. We hear the teachings of Jesus on his way to Jerusalem.
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 year the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross (red), the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed [All Souls' Day] (black, violet or white) and the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome (white) take the place of Sundays 24, 31 and 32. The final Sunday of the church year, the 34th Sunday, is also the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe [Christ the King].
Thanks to our Bishops’ Conference, we have a PDF of the Liturgical Calendar for 2014.
On the evenings of Sunday, October 26; Monday, October 27; and Tuesday, October 28 we gather for our Parish Mission, Sent by Christ. The final evening is also our parish Patronal Solemmnity of Saints Simon and Jude, apostles. Bishop Rhodes will be with us to celebrate Holy Mass on our own parish feast day.
How does the autumn sound at Saint Jude’s?
We have two new hymns.
501-Glory in the Cross, we sing on Exaltation of the Holy Cross; it is also our Entrance Hymn for the beginning of the Sacred Paschal Triduum at the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday.
Our 2014 Mission Song is a hymn of our Christian mission to the world, 759-God Sends Us Forth.
We’ll be singing many other hymns, old and new, but the musical core of our worship is the service music of Mass.
ALLELUIA: We sing several, including the Mass of a Joyful Heart Alleluia.
EUCHARISTIC PRAYER ACCLAMATIONS: We sing A Community Mass by Richard Proulx.
LAMB OF GOD (AGNUS DEI): We sing this one from Mass of Creation by Marty Haugen.
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. One of our hymns of sending forth is: 769-Go Make of All Disciples.
View the listing of events on the right or select the Full Liturgical Calendar link below to do the following:
- Stay current with the liturgical calendar and life of St. Jude parish.
- Prepare for Sunday Mass by reflecting on the Scripture readings.
- Read stories of the saints and how they tried to follow the gospel.
- Learn about the catholic customs for the feasts and festivals which are celebrated by the church throughout the world.
- Bring liturgy into your home to celebrate the season.