Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Ordinary Time

After Pentecost the liturgical season is referred to as Ordinary time.  Some people have lamented the term as if it somehow denigrates the liturgical season outside of Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter season.  Interestingly many people who dislike the term also seem to object to the Ordinary Form of Mass - preferring the traditional Latin Mass, or Extraordinary Form instead.  To learn more about Ordinary Time and why it is so called, go here.
Ordinary time is time sanctified.


  1. "Ordinary" is undervalued. An ordinary day at work is good, as opposed to one which has one crisis after another. One of my friends survived open heart surgery a year ago. She has a whole different attitude to "ordinary" now; ordinary is something to be cherished.

  2. Anonymous11:38 AM

    "Ordinary" is simply a dumb ICELism.

    When I was in the Novus Ordo, I dreaded the yearly reflection on a phrase that was yet another committee invention for Joe Pew who was too witless to understand "After Pentecost," or "Throughout the Year."

    I'm sure after the new translation hits, we'll be able to retire "Ordinary Time" to the Land of "We believe."

    ~ Belloc

  3. In the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, the Sundays are "after Pentecost" to accentuate the birth and growth of the Church, based upon the the teachings and actions of the Lord previously.
    "Ordinary time" in the Ordinary Form is meant to do just the same...but the unfortunate understanding of "ordinary" clouds the issue, I'm afraid.
    "Ordinarium" has to do with something much different than what we English-speakers mean. Your reference, Terry, makes this clear.

  4. Thanks for saying this, Terry.

    (And personally, I'd much rather have Sundays in Ordinary Time than 7,435 Sundays after Pentecost.)

    There should be a proper distinction made between the 2 "seasons," and OT does that very well.

  5. Anonymous9:44 AM

    From my traditionalist viewpoint, I find the new calendar rather bland. There are so many days labeled "Ordinary Time" that often distinction between the seasons is blurred.

    You are probably familiar with the traditionalist's stance already, but you might wnjoy reading this piece wrtitten the other day:


  6. Our Lady is so holy, so transparent, so "full of God"...your image of her before the Archangel, Terry, tells us everything we need to contemplate during this time..."Fiat..." Let it be done...Yes, let it be done...in me, in every way, in every possibility, in every opportunity, in every frustration, in every time that I want my will to be done...our Lady's YES covers a multitude of no's...May we live in Her "yes" and know the power of the Lord in our weakness, every moment of every day.

    Ave Maria, gratia plena...


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