Life of an ordinary girl in ordinary time
I love seasons. That’s why I like living in a place where you will get a taste of all four seasons, particularly Colorado. Colorado gets the best of all seasons, a little bit of this and a little bit of that.
Minnesota just gets this:
and for 2 weeks in July, this:
But Colorado gets the best of them all.
The church has seasons as well. Right now we are in the great, exciting season of Ordinary Time, check out the green.
The seasons of the church reflect the paschal mystery; the passion, death and resurrection of our Lord. We spend our times in Advent and Lent in a fast, Christmas and Easter a time for celebration and Ordinary time gives us a sense of the everyday, which in turn prepares us for the feasts! Beautiful! God did a really good job when He created the seasons in nature and in the church!
In the liturgical year the various aspects of the one Paschal mystery unfold. This is also the case with the cycle of feasts surrounding the mystery of the incarnation (Annunciation, Christmas, Epiphany). They commemorate the beginning of our salvation and communicate to us the first fruits of the Paschal mystery. Catechism of the Catholic Church #1171
A great way to pray along with the seasons of the church is to pray the Divine Office, commonly known as the Liturgy of the Hours. The Liturgy of the Hours is the second highest form of prayer, after the Mass. All priests, deacons and religious are required to pray the Divine Office.
The mystery of Christ, his Incarnation and Passover, which we celebrate in the Eucharist especially at the Sunday assembly, permeates and transfigures the time of each day, through the celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours, “the divine office.”46 This celebration, faithful to the apostolic exhortations to “pray constantly,” is “so devised that the whole course of the day and night is made holy by the praise of God.”47 In this “public prayer of the Church,”48 the faithful (clergy, religious, and lay people) exercise the royal priesthood of the baptized. Celebrated in “the form approved” by the Church, the Liturgy of the Hours “is truly the voice of the Bride herself addressed to her Bridegroom. It is the very prayer which Christ himself together with his Body addresses to the Father.49 Catechism of the Catholic Church #1171
As we go throughout this year of the church, keep in mind the seasons we are in by noticing the changes in the way we celebrate the liturgy with song, color and scents. Right now the priest will be wearing green vestments and the altar cloths will be green. During lent we do not have any flowers at the altar, nor do we sing the Alleluia. There are so many other things that point to the liturgical season we are in.
What is your favorite season in nature? What is your favorite season in the church, why?