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  Ordinary Time - counted time.
"Most of the Seasons of the Christian Church Year are organized around the two major festivals that mark sacred time, Christmas and Easter. The Christmas Season encompasses the time of preparation during Advent and the celebration of the Twelve Days of Christmas and Epiphany in early January (the 6th). The Easter Season encompasses the time of preparation during the 40 weekdays of Lent and Holy Week, and is linked with Pentecost Sunday 50 days later. there are other individual holy days within the church year, these seasons mark the movement of sacred time within the church calendar.

The rest of the year following Epiphany and Pentecost is known as Ordinary Time.

Rather than meaning "common" or "mundane," this term comes from the word "ordinal," which simply means counted time (First Sunday after Pentecost, etc.), which is probably a better way to think of this time of the year.

Counted time after Pentecost always begins with Trinity Sunday (the first Sunday after Pentecost) and ends with Christ the King Sunday or the Reign of Christ the King (last Sunday before the beginning of Advent)."*

Our varied liturgies adopt a ‘theme’ focussed around the Gospel of the day. It is felt that the words of Jesus speak to us more powerfully, without disregarding the importance of the Readings from Hebrew Scripture (Old Testament) and Letters (New Testament).

 * Ordinary Time Counted Time of the Church Year Dennis Bratcher
Saints and festivals

Belozersk icon.By Anonymous [Public domain], via Wikimedia
Belozersk icon- Saints Peter & Paul *

The Community of Christ Our Hope keeps special days in honour of those whose lives are celebrated, in particular –  St Mary MacKillop of The Southern Cross  Theotokos/Miriam of Nazareth    including The Annunciation of The Lord,   The Assumption (Maria Assumpta)/The Dormition of Mary … Ss Peter and Paul Because of the ecumenical composition of our community, the above Celebrations have a balanced “low-key” emphasis, keeping in mind that each of us is called to be “a saint” (cf. St. Paul); and keeping the ‘grounded-ness’ of each of these in mind, rather than over-emphasising the ‘miraculous’ or the ‘super human’ qualities attributed to each ‘Saint.’
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*By Anonymous [Public domain], via Wikimedia


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