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Nick Notes

Dear Friends,


Today we begin what the church calls this liturgical season as the Ordinary Time.  Ordinary in the sense of the church means regular not a special season like Lent, Easter, etc.  It is the time during which the church proclaims to us pictures in the day to day life of the Jesus, while he lived among us.  Each week we will hear about an incident in Jesus life, and we are challenged to ascertain how much we are modeling this manner of living in our daily life. 

This week, we hear Jesus continue his ministry among us. This week, he encourages us to trust in Gods love for us by reminding us of how God cares for his creation.  What God does for the plants and animals around us, Jesus asks us how much more the Father will take care of us. 

A Long FootNote:


The Church's liturgical life is divided into seasons.  The vestments the presider wears at mass, and the other cloth decorations of the altar are indicative of the season of the church's life.  During seasons of celebration, such as Easter, Christmas, and feast of Christ, the church is dressed in white and gold.  It is to remind us that we are called to rejoice and be glad.  It is a time for singing joyfully. It uses Red when it celebrates the season of Pentecost, in honor of the Holy Spirit.  It is during these seasons that the church encourages its presider to chant the parts of the mass, and encourages the congregation to singing joyfully on Gods action in the world.  

During seasons of penance, Lent and Advent, the church uses purple to remind us to reflect more intently on our human failings, and how to recommit ourselves to live as witnesses of His Gospel.  During these seasons, the church recommends that music be used only to accompany congregational singing if necessary. 

The other season of the church's liturgical year is the Ordinary Time.  The church is decorated in green to reflect the beauty of Gods creation.  During this period we are invited to reflect on the life of Jesus, and consider how we can model his way of living through our lives.  The church encourages congregational singing and invites the presider to chant if desirable. 

Personally, I use a liturgical principle called the progression of solemnity.  During seasons of rejoicing, I chant some of the presiders parts of the mass, and encourage the congregation to respond in chant when appropriate.  During seasons of penance, I recite the presiders parts and invite a recited congregational response.  You may have also observed that during these seasons, we also recite the Entrance and Communion antiphons.  During the Ordinary Time of the year, I usually recite the presiders parts of the mass; however, there are times when I will invite the congregation to chant the Our Father, as a sign of our common adoption.  I believe this principle of the progression of solemnity helps to bring us into the feeling of the season. 

Peace and prayers,

Fr. Nick