Year A (November)
“This period is known as Ordinary Time” (Universal Norms, 43). Ordinary Time continues through November, but with a shift of emphasis. We are called to remember in a special way “our brothers and sisters who have fallen asleep in the hope of the resurrection” (Eucharistic Prayer II).
This page covers the period from November 1, All Saints, through the morning of November 29. On the evening of November 29, at the anticipated Sunday Mass, we move from Ordinary Time into the season of Advent and a new church year, Year B of the lectionary, the Year of Mark.
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. In November we hear of eternal life and the final judgment.
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 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 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]. This November we have only one ordinary green Sunday, the 33rd.
Thanks to our Bishops’ Conference, we have a PDF of the Liturgical Calendar for 2014.
In our parish, we have the Book of the Names of the Dead in the baptismal area. Please enter the names of your beloved departed. Names entered in earlier years are still in the book. The book is placed before the altar at Mass and we pray for all those inscribed therein.
We remember those who have died in the past year as we sing the Lux Aeterna Litany during the Preparation of the Altar and the Gifts. Each Sunday, a different set of names of the recently deceased is chanted. After each we respond “We remember.” The refrain, echoed after the cantor, is “Lux aeterna…Dona eis requiem.” This Latin phrase means “Eternal light…Give them rest.”
We remember what awaits God’s faithful servants as we sing “God’s holy city, where all the saints are living…may we one day join them, where all the saints are living.” The verses pray for the repose of departed souls.
New Mass Music
Before Mass this year, we will learn a new set of acclamations of the Eucharistic Prayer for the season of Advent. We will sing the Holy, We proclaim, and Amen from Richard Proulx’s Missa Emmanuel Mass setting, based on O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.
We’ll sing old and new hymns, but the musical core of our worship is the service music of Mass.
This is a traditional time to visit the graves of our departed loved ones.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.
And let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace.
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Preparing for Advent
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.