GILH 152: Ordinary Time

What about ordinary time? Here’s the GILH plan:

152. From the Monday after the feast of the Baptism of the Lord until Lent and from the Monday after Pentecost until Advent there is a continuous series of thirty-four weeks in Ordinary Time.

This series is interrupted from Ash Wednesday until Pentecost. On the Monday after Pentecost Sunday the cycle of readings in Ordinary Time is resumed, beginning with the week after the one interrupted because of Lent; the reading assigned to the Sunday is omitted.

Some years don’t have the full 34 weeks, so ordinary time is trimmed in the middle, not at the end:

In years with only thirty-three weeks in Ordinary Time, the week immediately following Pentecost is dropped, in order to retain the readings of the last weeks which are eschatological readings.

We all realize that the Hebrew Scriptures are not presented in chronological order, like some kind of history textbook, right?

The books of the Old Testament are arranged so as to follow the history of salvation: God reveals himself in the history of his people as he leads and enlightens them in progressive stages. This is why prophetic books are read along with the historical books, but with due consideration of the period in which the prophets lived and taught. Hence, the cycle of readings from the Old Testament contains, in Year I, the historical books and prophetic utterances from the Book of Joshua as far as, and including, the time of the exile. In Year II, after the readings from Genesis (read before Lent), the history of salvation is resumed after the exile up to the time of the Maccabees. Year II includes the later prophets, the wisdom literature, and the narratives in Esther, Tobit, and Judith.

The letters of the apostles not read at special times are distributed through the year in a way that takes into account the readings at Mass and the chronological order in which these letters were written.

Comments, anyone?

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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1 Response to GILH 152: Ordinary Time

  1. Liam says:

    Ordinally Counted Time’s ordering is worth reconsidering. The counting forward from the week following the Baptism of the Lord to Lent, and the counting backward from Advent to Pentecost, are unnecessarily awkward. Somehow, the Common Lectionary avoids that approach, for example. Sundays after Epiphany and Sundays after Pentecost would be better – just block off the Lectionary/propers for the last 3 weeks of each cycle as immovable, as it were. That would make the propers of October more vulnerable to the accordian’s expansion or contraction, but I’d rather it happen there than after Pentecost, where the transition now is haphazard and vague.

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