“Ordinary Time” or season “After Pentecost” (Photo credit: Messiah Lutheran (Mechanicsville, VA))
Ordinary Time. The name sounds so, well, ordinary. Yet we spend more time in the two periods of Ordinary Time than any other period of the Christian year:
1) From the day after the Epiphany and/or Baptism of the Lord through the day before Ash Wednesday.
2) From the day after Pentecost Sunday through the day before Advent.
During Advent and Lent, we are preparing for the great celebration seasons of the church, Christmas (birth of Christ) and Easter (death and resurrection of Christ), that begin on Christmas day and Easter Sunday. Then, after each of these is a period of growth, Ordinary Time, during which we learn about Jesus’ life and how to live as a disciple. Guess it’s not so ordinary after all!