Ordinary Time

Ordinary Time 21/Trinity 11 – Monday
Feast of St. Bartholomew, Apostle

Collect for the Feast of St. Bartholomew (RC Liturgy of the Hours)

Lord, make our faith strong,
the same faith that made the blessed apostle Bartholomew follow your Son.
Grant that by his intercession
your Church may become the sacrament of salvation
for all the peoples of the earth.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. Amen.

Collect for the Feast of St. Bartholomew (A Prayer Book for Australia)

Almighty and everlasting God,
who gave to your apostle Bartholomew
grace to believe and to preach your word:
grant that your Church may love that word which he believed
and may faithfully receive and boldly preach it;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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I’m feeling crook. Went to see the doctor this morning and got a prescription for antibiotics and some bed rest for the next day or two. So after this post is over, that’s precisely what I am going to do for the rest of the day. Sleep (and I don’t think it will be fun because I can feel a fever coming on again).

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A season of Ordinary Time follows each of the tripartite cycles of the church year: Advent/Christmas/Epiphany and Lent/Easter/Pentecost.

The weeks of Ordinary Time encompass well over half the year (thirty-three or thirty-four Sundays, depending on the date of Easter and on what day fo the week Christmas Day falls), which means we live our the bulk of our lives in this season. This seems appropriate, for Ordinary Time is the daily, repetitive—even dull—place where we live most of the time.

The word ordinary is rooted in the word ordinal, to count. Thus, these “days between,” as writer Wendy Wright calls them, are not simply ordinary in the way we usually use that word—uneventful, unimportant, boring—but are actually “Counted Time,” time that counts, that matters.

Designating the builk of each liturgical year as “Ordinary Time” is a profound way of recognizing that the daily, ordinary rhythms of our lives are sacred; that there is something holy to be found in the midst of what often feels like the daily grind; that God is just as present in the grittiness (and the glory) of an ordinary day as in the great celebrations of Christmas or Easter or Pentecost.

The promise of Ordinary Time is that God is present in the midst of such daily activities… Because God is present and active in the midst of the very tasks that often seem pointless, these tasks can, if I’m paying attention, become means of grace—and of growth in my relationship with God. It is fitting, therefore, that the liturgical color of Ordinary Time is green, the color of growth.

The Circle of Seasons: Meeting God in the Church Year
The Circle of Seasons: Meeting God in the Church Year

Kimberlee Conway Ireton, The Circle of Seasons: Meeting God in the Church Year, (2008: InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL), pp 60-61.

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