Archives for June 2006

The Long, Hot Days of Ordinary Time

Well, to those who were received at Easter, including Jason, Danny, and others, you have made it through your first 50 days! Your sacramental seal of confirmation is now permanent as the 50-day money-back guarantee period is over (that’s a joke). Now we enter the long period of Ordinary Time Seaon.

I know books have been written about how Ordinary Time need not be “ordinary,” but the truth is, Ordinary Time is a long haul which honestly does lack some of the frills of the other cycles of the Church Year. Many of us pine for Christmas and Easter; rarely do we pine for Ordinary Time. During Ordinary time, choirs go on vacation, the colors stay green for months, and unlike with Christmas and Easter, secular America doesn’t take notice of our holidays. This is not to say Ordinary Time lacks some major feasts or high points. Trinity Sunday, Catholic Corpus Christi, The Dormition of Mary (Dormition), Solemnity All Saints Day, and Commemoration of All Souls fall within Ordinary Time. Plus, I admit it is nice to kind of just go through the regular Ordinary Time Liturgy of the Hours cycle again. I started seriously exploring the Catholic Church during the summer Ordinary Time, and I began using the Catholic version of the Liturgy of the Hours then, so it has a special place in my heart. Additionally, Ordinary Time stands in contrast to the other cycles, making the other cycles even more meaningful.

So sit back and enjoy Ordinary Time.

Pentecost

Today is Pentecost, the celebration of the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles in the book of Acts, making manifest the Church. Here is a prayer for Pentecost, taken from the Book of Common Prayer (and the Anglican-Use version I am sure):

O God, who on this day didst teach the hearts of thy faithful people by sending to them the light of thy Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through the merits of Christ Jesus our Savior, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

From ChurchYear.Net’s Pentecost Prayers and Collects

As Easter Season Comes to an End…

Jennifer and I were praying from the Office of the Dead last night (for her deceased father), and these verses were partially quoted. I think they are appropriate for the Easter (Resurrection) season, especially as we wrap up this part of the Church Year and enter Pentecost and Ordinary Time:

Lo! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable nature must put on the imperishable, and this mortal nature must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:51-57 (RSV)