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Ordinary Time


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 Trinity, etc.), which is probably a better way to think of this time of the year.

In Common Worship, the first section of Ordinary Time starts on the day after Candlemass ( February 2nd) and ends on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Lent.

Ordinary Time resumes after Pentecost and always begins with Trinity Sunday and ends with Christ the King Sunday (last Sunday before the beginning of Advent).

The season of The Sundays after Trinity usually focuses on the evangelical mission of the church to the world and its responsibility in carrying out that mission of proclamation.

The Colour of Ordinary Time

The Liturgical colour for Ordinary Time is dark green, although other shades of green are commonly used.

Green has traditionally been associated with new life and growth.