Liturgy / Ministries

  • Season after Pentecost

    The Sundays after Pentecost in the old calendar of the church use to be counted as "x numbered Sunday after Pentecost."
    Today in the liturgical calendar since the Second Vatican Council these are known as the Sundays in Ordinary Time.
    But these are anything but "ordinary" because we still celebrate the mystery of the Life, Death and Resurrection of Jesus through the Eucharist each and every Sunday. (They are called "ordinary" because they are "counted" or "ordinal" numbered Sundays.)

    This season as we enter again into the gospel of Luke we hear many of the teachings and healings, signs and wonders of Jesus, we are still a Pentecost people, visted and guided by the Holy Spirit. Let us be open to the Spirit and how she is moving in us and in our communities.

     

  • Ordinary Time

    We cannot speak of Ordinary Time without speaking of Sunday. The every seven-day celebration of the Lord’s Day is the basic structure upon which the Church Year is built. The great liturgical seasons of Advent-Christmas and Lent-Easter are more expansive celebrations of particular aspects of the one paschal mystery which we celebrate every Lord’s Day. These special seasons focus our attention upon critical dimensions of one mystery, a mystery so overwhelming that we are compelled to separate out its various elements for particular attention. There seasons in no way minimize the critical importance of the Sunday celebration throughout the year. Ordinary Time is not very ordinary at all. Ordinary Time, the celebration of Sunday, is the identifying mark of the Christian community which comes together, remembering that on this first day of the week the Lord of Life was raised up and creation came at last to completion.  Sunday, as a day of play and worship, is a sacrament of redeemed time. How we live Sunday proclaims to the world what we believe about redeemed time now and forever. 
    What happens in our churches every Sunday is the fruit of our week. What happens as the fruit of the week past is the beginning of the week to come. Sunday, like all sacraments, is simultaneously a point of arrival and departure for Christians on their way to the fullness of the kingdom.  This is not ordinary at all. It is the fabric of Christian living.

    Taken from Saint Andrew Missal. Copyright © 1982.