Ordinary Time, meaning ordered or numbered time,
is celebrated in two segments: from the Monday following the Baptism of
Our Lord up to Ash Wednesday; and from Pentecost Monday to the First Sunday
of Advent. This makes it the largest season of the Liturgical Year.
In vestments usually green, the color of hope and
growth, the Church counts the thirty-three or thirty-four Sundays of Ordinary
Time, inviting her children to meditate upon the whole mystery of Christ
– his life, miracles and teachings – in the light of his Resurrection.
If the faithful are to mature in the spiritual life
and increase in faith, they must descend the great mountain peaks of Easter
and Christmas in order to "pasture" in the vast verdant meadows of tempus per
annum, or Ordinary Time.
Sunday by Sunday, the Pilgrim Church marks her
journey through the tempus per annum as she processes through time
For a penetrating look at how the seasons of the year
interlock with the seasons of our lives read Dr. Jeffrey Mirus' article
The Lesson of Life.