Feast of the Baptism of the Lord brings the Christmas season to a close. The Sundays of the major seasons of
the year are distinguished by their relationship to the Solemnities of Christmas
and Easter. The rhythm of these
liturgical seasons reflects the rhythm of life — with its celebrations and its
seasons of growth. Ordinary Time, meaning ordered or numbered time, is
celebrated in two segments. 1) From the Monday following the Baptism of Our Lord to Ash Wednesday.
2) From Pentecost Monday to the First Sunday of Advent. This
makes it the longest season of the Liturgical Year. The Church counts
thirty-three or thirty-four Sundays of Ordinary Time (60% of
the Church's calendar), inviting us to meditate upon the whole mystery of
Christ – his life, miracles and teachings – in the light of his Resurrection.
The vestments for Ordinary Time are usually green, the color of hope and