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Making Ordinary Time a Little Less Ordinary- Explanation

   
     I find that the most ironic part of this entire series is that their is NOTHING Ordinary about Ordinary time. The title of this series was simply a play on words. One of the many things discussed and decided upon at the Second Vatican Council was that the period of time between Christmas and Lent, and Easter and Christmas, which had no name, would now be called, " Ordinary time" Or " Numbered days" 

     Before Vatican 2 It was called the, " Season after Epiphany" and "Season after Pentecost" So it came to be Ordinary time, because they had used the 'ordinal numbers' ( first, second, third...) instead of the 'cardinal numbers' ( one, two, three...) 

     The Ordinary time Season begins on the Sunday evening of the Baptism of our Lord. The morning of that day we celebrate Christmas, but in the evening we celebrate the First Sunday of Ordinary time. Although, it is very short, it still is celebrated. That is why the Monday is 'the first Monday in Ordinary time'

    As we know, Ordinary time is the colour green. Green is a symbol of hope, and new life. Always seeing this colour from week to week, we can start to think of it has plain ordinary. That there is nothing special. But ordinary time is the time in which we the sheep must come down from the Easter and Christmas mountain and eat the green grass of Ordinary time. To find hope in the life and ministry of Jesus, that is presented to us each mass.

     So, after a successful series and a wonderful time writing this is my second last post for this series. There is a series in the works for the end of this month, before advent. It will be about.... The Advent of our Lord. More to come later.


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