Ordinary Time

JUNE 6 Mon Mary, Mother of the Church (Tenth Week in Ordinary Time) Memorial

Gn 3:9-15, 20 or Acts 1:12-14/Jn 19:25-34

7 Tue Weekday 1 Kgs 17:7-16/Mt 5:13-16 

8 Wed Weekday 1 Kgs 18:20-39/Mt 5:17-19 

9 Thu Weekday [Saint Ephrem, Deacon and Doctor of the Church]

1 Kgs 18:41-46/Mt 5:20-26

10 Fri Weekday 1 Kgs 19:9a, 11-16/Mt 5:27-32 

11 Sat Saint Barnabas, Apostle Memorial

Acts 11:21b-26; 13:1-3 /Mt 5:33-37 


Prv 8:22-31/Rom 5:1-5/Jn 16:12-15 

For the next 6 months, following the Feast of Pentecost, we’re living in what our liturgical calendar calls “Ordinary Time.” It’s the time of the Holy Spirit. We’re not orphans, the Holy Spirit will teach us all things and lead us on our way. 

In the Easter season Peter, Paul and the others venture from Jerusalem to Asia Minor and to Rome, empowered by strong winds and tongues of fire. “Their message goes out to all the earth.” Now it’s our turn. The Spirit takes us to the ends of the earth, in the few steps we take every day.

Ordinary time begins with a feast of Mary, Mother of the Church. (Monday) Faithful hearer of the Spirit, she knows the meaning of daily patience. To use a term from Pope Francis, she’s Mary “next door,” who’s with us day by day. 

O God, Father of mercies,
your Only Begotten Son, as he hung upon the Cross,
chose the Blessed Virgin Mary, his Mother,
to be our Mother also.
Grant, we pray, that with her loving help
your Church may be more fruitful day by day
and by the holiness of her children,
draw to her embrace all the families of the earth..
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

2 thoughts on “Ordinary Time

  1. cenaclemary12

    Let us pray:
    Prayer to Mary, Mother of the Church and Mother of our faith*
    Mother, help our faith!
    Open our ears to hear God’s word and to recognize his voice and call.
    Awaken in us a desire to follow in his footsteps, to go forth from our own land and to receive his promise.
    Help us to be touched by his love, that we may touch him in faith.
    Help us to entrust ourselves fully to him and to believe in his love, especially at times of trial, beneath the shadow of the cross, when our faith is called to mature.
    Sow in our faith the joy of the Risen One.
    Remind us that those who believe are never alone.
    Teach us to see all things with the eyes of Jesus, that he may be light for our path. And may this light of faith always increase in us, until the dawn of that undying day which is Christ himself, your Son, our Lord!

    *Prayer at the conclusion of the Encyclical Lumen Fidei (29 June 2013)



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