Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
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Ordinary Time!


Jane informs me that we are in Ordinary Time.  I thought she meant as opposed to Kairos, but, no, it seems it is a period of time in the calendar year, as ordained by the church, specifically the Catholic Church.   I place a piece from Wikipedia here.   This time doesn't feel ordinary to me, but it doesn't mean ordinary as we ordinarily interpret it.   It is about numbers. 


Ordinary Times

In the Roman Catholic Church, Ordinary Time begins on the day following the Baptism of the Lord, (liturgical colour: white), the feast which normally falls on the Sunday after Epiphany (January 6)  (white). American Catholics have altered the calendar so that Epiphany always falls on a Sunday (1st Sunday after Jan. 1); in those years when the Epiphany falls on January 7 or January 8, the Baptism of the Lord is celebrated on the Monday immediately following the Epiphany. In the Church of England, Ordinary Time begins on the day after the Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candleman).

Ordinary Time continues until Ash Wednesday (violet), which marks the beginning of the Season of Lent (violet). Thus for Roman Catholics the period of Ordinary Time between Christmas and Lent may last from four to nine weeks, depending upon the dates of Epiphany (American Catholics) and Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is a movable feast based on the date of Easter (white). In the Church of England the first period of Ordinary Time is somewhat shorter — indeed it may be as short as a single day if Ash Wednesday falls on its earliest possible date of 4 February. 


Wikipedia goes on and on so you can check it out for yourselves, but I found myself feeling that I like the sound of ordinary.  It is like having oatmeal for breakfast instead of eggs benedict.   Sometimes oatmeal is just right.

For me, this is an oatmeal sort of day, though I have grand plans and wiggles in space.



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