Happy Ordinary Time!
Attend to the pleas of your people with heavenly care,
O Lord, we pray,
that they may see what must be done
and gain strength to do what they have seen.
With these words the first mass of Ordinary Time calls on the Heavenly Father. Most parishioners don’t get to hear the prayer though—it’s only offered at weekday mass. Your pastor prays it for you though, and united in the body of Christ, we trust the prayer is effective for us all.
This post-Christmas stretch of Ordinary Time brings us in 6 weeks to Lent. For a while, the Church will be “Ordinary”—still beautiful, and still the bride of Christ, but not celebrating a great Feast. The liturgical color is green. This time, though ordinary is still special, because during it, you and I as those committed to God and claimed as His daughters and sons, bring to the Lord the cares and concerns of the world and ask Him for strength to do His will in our lives and to guide us to do His work for the blessing of those we are privileged to serve in the world.
May your people’s oblation, O Lord,
find favor with you, we pray,
that it may restore them to holiness
and obtain what they devoutly entreat.
With this Prayer over the Offerings, we pray as a church that we may be restored to the holiness which we receive through the sacraments and that all we offer to God may be transformed by Him to our good and the blessing of all the world.
Humbly we ask you, almighty God,
be graciously pleased to grant
that those you renew with your Sacraments
may also serve with lives pleasing to you.
As we conclude the Mass, this prayer reminds us that it is in the Lord that we “live, and move, and have our being.” Let us go forth with that understanding firm in our minds, that everything we do will be sanctified and holy and do the good work that our Lord desires in this world.
Love and Peace,
Fr. Liam Quinlan
The symbol for Ordinary Time is the Chi-Rho the first 2 letters of the Greek word for Christ (anointed one) [Messiah in Hebrew].
The letters that make up the Chi-Rho are ΧΡ fused together—this was the “sign” which Emperor Constantine saw in the sky, and which he adopted to become the symbol of blessing for the empire he ruled.