I wondered how often we’ve celebrated five named Church feasts on Sundays in June, finishing up today with observing Peter and Paul. Easter has to fall on April 20th for it to work. The only time since Vatican II that’s happened was in 2003. That was a few years after Ascension got transferred to Sunday. It happens again in 2025, and then not again until 2087.
Sometimes Pentecost leads off the first Sunday in June, and when that happens on the 3rd, the Nativity of John the Baptist supercedes an ordinary Sunday on the 24th, which places four Sunday feasts in June. And that’s happened in 1979, 1990, and last in 2001. Not again until 2063.
I wondered about the earliest possible ordinary Sunday for the current US calendar–the observance of Body and Blood on Sunday. Easter has to fall on March 22nd, which places Pentecost on Mother’s Day, May 10th, which lights up May 31st with green. That happens next in 2285.
Of course, Roman Catholics might see some adjustments in Ascension, or possibly even the Body and Blood of Christ by then. Or we could have a new rendering of the date of Easter by agreement with the Orthodox. That would be great.
Meanwhile, next Sunday, we return you to your regularly scheduled green–the latest first appearance after Lent–July 6th.