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Not a turning back (so to say) to the humdrum,
but living more fully the new life we have celebrated during the special times.
Outside of the major festivities of Easter - Pentecost (preceded by Lent) and Christmas (preceded by Advent) we continue our liturgy and worship in "Ordinary Time".
In 2019 Ordinary Time (Week 1) begins on Monday 14th January (after The Baptism of the Lord on Sunday 13th).
It continues till Ash Wednesday 6th March (Week 8 )
The colour of Ordinary Time is green -
symbolic of life and continuing growth.
This life and growth comes from our faith in Jesus Christ.
Christians believe that Jesus is alive. A living presence in our lives.
In this Ordinary Time the colour green is used for
the vestments (clothes worn by the priest at Mass),
the tabernacle (place where the sacrament is reserved) cover
and associated decorations around the altar.
Ordinary Time finishes on the 34th Sunday "of the year"
when we celebrate Christ the Universal King.
How much "Ordinary Time" comes after Easter depends on when Easter ( a movable feast: this year 21st April ) actually occurs.
Ordinary Time resumes immediately after Pentecost Sunday.
This year it resumes with Week 10 on Monday 10th June and continues till the end of Week 34 on Saturday 30 November. (Eve of 1st Sunday of Advent)