WHAT'S ORDINARY ABOUT 'ORDINARY TIME'?

When something (or someone) is described as ‘ordinary’ we usually think unimportant or uninteresting so why is there a season in the Church called Ordinary Time? Is this particular time in the Church calendar considered less important or less significant than other seasons? Even though the season of Ordinary Time makes up most of the liturgical year in the Catholic Church, the fact that Ordinary Time refers to those periods that fall outside of the major liturgical seasons reinforces this impression. Ordinary Time is far from unimportant or uninteresting.

Ordinary Time is called "ordinary" not because it is common but simply because the weeks of Ordinary Time are numbered such as the First Sunday, Second Sunday, Third Sunday and so on. The Latin word ordinalis, which refers to numbers in a series, stems from the Latin word ordo, from which we get the English word order. Thus, the numbered weeks of Ordinary Time, in fact, represent the ordered life of the Church.

Ordinary Time celebrates "the mystery of Christ in all its aspects." Many important liturgical celebrations occur during Ordinary Time, including, TrinityCorpus ChristiAll Saints, the Assumption of MaryChrist the King and various feasts, and special occasions.

As musicians and singers we may not be participating in the grand musical aspects of feasts and seasons such as Easter and Christmas, nevertheless, this ‘ordinary time’ deserves equal focus and commitment by ministers of music to encourage the assembly to participate fully in prayer through song. Fortunately, we are blessed with a plethora of high-quality compositions that enrich our worship, our faith communities and our lives. What do you plan to do that is ‘extra- ordinary’ in Ordinary Time? 

 

liturgical song selection - Planning for 'ordinary TIME'

The popular LITURGICAL SONG SELECTIONS provides an easy and practical means of locating songs/hymns based on the lectionary readings for the day, and includes settings for the Responsorial Psalm and Mass settings. 


When you click on an individual song title in the LITURGICAL SONG SELECTIONS section of the website, you will be taken to a page where you can listen to a sound sample (if available), preview the music score and buy single copies of the sheet music and/or the mp3.  If you are involved in planning music for worship you will know how important it is to choose appropriate music in keeping with the season of the Church, and music that resonates with the scriptures of the day. This popular planning tool will support you in your ministry of pastoral music and save you many hours in researching the scriptures, themes and musical choices for each Sunday. The recommendations draw on compositions contained within the various volumes of As One Voice, collections published by Willow Publishing and a range of new material. 

Alphabetical lists -  'as one voice' hymnals

Click on a list below to access pdf.

As One Voice Vol 1 
 

As One Voice Vol 2 

As One Voice for Kids 

As One Voice the Next Generation  

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Resources & Links

Emmaus Productions
The website of Australian composer, Monica Brown.
http://www.emmausproductions.com


Liturgy Help
Provides very cost effective resources to individual ministers or a complete suite of web services to parish communities and ministry teams.
http://liturgyhelp.com.au

 

MSC Music
The website of Australian composer, James Maher, msc.
http://www.mscmusic.com.au

 

LicenSing Online
Access over 100,000 titles suitable for worship, liturgies and prayer services
http://licensingonline.org.au

 

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