Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Ordinary Time
Yes, that’s what it became when Paul VI in 1969 “redid” the Liturgical Calendar: MOTU PROPRIO MYSTERII PASCHALIS ON LITURGICAL YEAR AND NEW UNIVERSAL ROMAN CALENDAR . Given at Rome, at Saint Peter's, February 14, 1969, the sixth year of Our pontificate. PAUL VI, POPE
Travel with me from Rome 1969 to the U.S. 2022.
There are 52 Sundays in 2022 and according to the USCCB LITURGICAL CALENDAR FOR THE DIOCESES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 2022, promulgated by the Committee on Divine Worship, 31 of the 52 Sundays are in Ordinary Time.
[However], There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations - these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit - immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.* This does not mean that we are to be perpetually solemn. We must play. But our merriment must be of that kind (and it is, in fact, the merriest kind) which exists between people who have, from the outset, taken each other seriously - no flippancy, no superiority, no presumption.” (C.S. Lewis)
Yes, “Ordinary” Liturgical Year is an oxymoron. It is a paradoxical phrase or pair of words that contradicts itself. Classic examples of oxymorons include “jumbo shrimp” and “dull roar” - new descriptions formed by opposite words. If Ordinary is not appropriate for you and for me, immortal brothers and sisters in the Catholic Church, can it be but sacrilegious to the Eternal?
But #ordinary to #EXTRAordinary YES!! Let me tell you a Plan to re-make the ORDINARY Liturgical Year into an EXTRAordinary Liturgical Year. Eliminating the ordinary, the Plan has these 5 Seasons:
4. Eastertide-Corpus Christi
5. Corpus Christi-Advent
(Note to USCCB: anticipated savings of $28 million from what is planned as a Eucharistic Congress in 2024. With 23 Corpus Christi Time Sundays in 2022 with an anticipated like number in 2023 and 2024, the consciousness of the Faithful will be raised doctrinally and this doctrinal reference will accomplish a national “revival” to renew the Catholic Church “by enkindling a living relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist” according to your intent.)
“In the past, liturgical reform was always in the direction of an intensification of the sacred. Every external, from the language of the liturgy to the music that accompanied it, to the shape and illumination of the churches that housed it, served to elucidate the Catholic world view”(Anne Roche Muggeridge).From 1969 to the present, liturgical celebration has been accepted in the opposite direction as “ordinarier” and “ordinarier”. Nevertheless, this Easter Triduum Celebration I not only sensed that the Faithful are waking up to the secularization effects of the “ordinariness” but priests and laity are increasingly using and appreciating the “sacred signs” that join the RITE of the Liturgy and the Extraordinary Presence of God so that “the heavens are the heavens of God, and the earth is given to human beings’–that is, to make of the earth a heaven.” (Gen. 28:10-21)
From #ordinary to #EXTRAordinary