Year A (summer)
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.
In 2014 Ordinary Time resumes the day after Pentecost, Monday, June 9, and continues until the evening of Saturday, November 29, when Year B begins with the first Sunday of Advent. This page covers the summer, up to September 14, Exaltation of the Cross. To learn more about our celebration of this feast, click HERE.
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 summer, after three Sundays of solemnities, we continue our Ordinary Time “counting” Sundays with Sunday 14, continuing through the summer to Sunday 23.
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 summer Trinity Sunday, Corpus Christi and Saints Peter and Paul take the place of Sundays 11, 12 and 13. Great feasts on weekdays are June 24, the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist; June 27, Sacred Heart; August 6, Transfiguration; August 15, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a holy day of obligation. Other special days are July 4, Independence Day and September 1, Labor Day.
Thanks to our Bishops’ Conference, we have a PDF of the Liturgical Calendar for 2014.
How does the summer sound at Saint Jude’s? We’ll be singing many hymns, old and new, but the musical core of our worship is the service music of Mass.
EUCHARISTIC PRAYER ACCLAMATIONS: We sing three settings, but most often our new Mass of Christ the Savior. Listen to the Holy (Sanctus), the Memorial Acclamation When we eat this bread, and the Great Amen.
LAMB OF GOD (AGNUS DEI): Along with other settings, we sing this one from Mass of Christ the Savior.
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. Why not this one, here sung by the Soweto Gospel Choir in Zulu, French and English. And here’s a livelier version. “I will follow, I will follow Jesus…wherever he goes I will follow.”
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.