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Liturgy Committee - Ordinary Time

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Members  of the Liturgy Committee evaluate and make suggestions for improving the liturgical life of the parish in order to further the work of the Holy Spirit in building community, worship and prayer. The committee discusses Sunday and weekday liturgies, sacramental celebrations, liturgical space, liturgical decorations, liturgical music, parish retreats/ missions, parish faith sharing groups, seasonal prayer services, and other items requested by the pastor. The committee typically meets once per liturgical season. 

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Ordinary Time

“Ordinary Time” is one of the most confusing times in the Catholic Church’s liturgical year. Ordinary time is called “ordinary” because the weeks are numbered. The Latin word ordinalis, which refers to numbers in a series, stems from the Latin word ordo from which we get the English word order. Thus, Ordinary Time is in fact the ordered life of the Church – the period in which we live our lives neither in feasting (as in Christmas and Easter seasons) or in more severe penance (as in Advent and Lent). Thus for Catholics, Ordinary Time is the part of the year in which Christ, the Lamb of God, walks among us and transforms our lives. That is why there’s nothing “ordinary” about Ordinary Time.
The color of vestments and altar cloths in Ordinary Time is green.

Ordinary Time encompasses two different periods in the Catholic Church’s liturgical year. It begins on the Monday after the first Sunday after January 6 (the Feast of the Epiphany) and runs until Ash Wednesday. Both Lent and Easter fall outside of Ordinary Time, which resumes again on the Monday after Pentecost Sunday and runs until the First Sunday of Advent (the start of the new liturgical year).