Sunday Lectionary Cycle

The year of  Matthew


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Season of advent

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Lent is the yearly celebration by the Church of its corporate conversion in Jesus Christ. During Lent, the liturgy prepares catechumens to celebrate the Paschal Mystery by the various stages of Christian initiation. It also prepares the faithful for Easter as they recall their baptism and do penance in preparation for the greatest Feast of the year.

Lent has two major purposes : I recalls or prepares for baptism, and emphasizes a spirit of penance. Through forty days of closer attention to God's Word and of more fervent prayer, believers are prepared to celebrate the Paschal Mystery.

Ordinary Time

Lasting 33 or 34 weeks and covering fully two-thirds of the Church's year of grace, Ordinary Time is a quieter period.

Ordinary Time is observed as two (2) periods of the year:

  • The first period of Ordinary Time begins right after the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord in January and continues until the commencement of the Season of Lent on Ash Wednesday.
  • Ordinary Time resumes for some six (6) months after the Solemnity of Pentecost leading us to the celebration of the Season of Advent.