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Why Ordinary Time is Extraordinary

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Bishop James S. Wall
Bishop James Wall is the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Gallup.


Have you ever wondered why the Church has different seasons on the Liturgical Calendar, and why the period between Lent and Advent runs so long? What do the various vestment colors mean, and why are some feast days a bigger deal than others? In this episode, Bishop Wall explains the significance of the Liturgical Calendar, and why Ordinary Time is the perfect opportunity to make our spiritual lives extraordinary.

Discussion points: 

00:45 – What exactly is Ordinary Time?
03:40 – What is the Liturgical Year? When does it begin and end?
05:20 – Why does the Church have so many feast days?
07:33 – Why does a Saint like Teresa of Avila have a higher feast day than someone like St. Norbert?
09:30 – 3 great ways we can spiritually and fully participate in a feast day
11:35 – The significance of solemnities or popular feast days, like Corpus Christi
14:06 – How do the colors of the priest’s vestments correspond to the liturgical calendar?
16:20 – Feast days special to particular Dioceses – St. Kateri’s feast day, for example, is a big deal in the Diocese of Gallup
18:45 – Bishop Wall’s challenge to our listeners for Ordinary Time (hint: try to go to daily Mass, even if it’s just one day a week)
20:25 – When we fully participate in the sacrifice of the Mass, Ordinary Time becomes extraordinary

Useful Links:

St. Kateri Tekakwitha Feast Day in the Diocese of Gallup

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