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"Water-Lily Pond and Weeping Willow," Claude Monet

What is Ordinary Time?

Sounds pretty boring, doesn’t it? “Ordinary Time.” Especially compared to the anticipation and excitement of Christmas, Easter, Pentecost, even All Saints’ Day. So why does the Church insist on calling it that? Even if it’s not an exciting stretch of the liturgical calendar, couldn’t we give it a better name? It’s a fairly functional designation: each Sunday […]

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What is Christmas?

What is Christmas? We often associate Christmas with the lights on a tree (plastic or cut), Santa Claus, and presents for loved ones. Certainly time off from work and school, gathering with family or friends, feasting around turkeys or ham, and even a glass of egg nog come to mind as well. Yet when the […]

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What is Advent?

We observe Advent as part of our tradition & liturgical calendar each year. It is the four weeks preceding up Christmas and the birth of Christ. It is a time of anticipation and patience. It is a time of rich images and traditions, both with our families and church. But where did Advent come from […]

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"Water-Lily Pond and Weeping Willow," Claude Monet

What is Ordinary Time?

Sounds pretty boring, doesn’t it? “Ordinary Time.” Especially compared to the anticipation and excitement of Christmas, Easter, Pentecost, even All Saints’ Day. So why does the Church insist on calling it that? Even if it’s not an exciting stretch of the liturgical calendar, couldn’t we give it a better name? It’s a fairly functional designation: each Sunday […]