The Liturgical Calendar: Its Meaning and Meditation

posted Feb 8, 2015, 6:59 AM by theresa orozco, ossm   [ updated Feb 8, 2015, 7:01 AM ]

by W. P. Bennett on January 14, 2015

Walking into my local parish for daily Mass on Monday after we celebrated the Baptism of the Lord on January 11th,  it looked rather empty.  I don’t mean there were fewer people than normal, but the church itself felt empty.  The Advent wreath was gone.  Gone also were the elaborate nativity scene complete with life size wise men from the East, the Christmas trees in full decoration on the edges of the sanctuary, and the red and green bunting from the rafters.  In their places there was…nothing.  As the priest walked out to begin Mass wearing the green vestments, my thoughts crystalized—ah, yes…Ordinary Time is back.  Christmastide is over. The Church has established a rich liturgical calendar marked by themes and seasons related to our salvation, practice, and spirituality. This article will give a little overview and insight into the Church calendar and what it means for us.