The Liturgical Season Of Ordinary Time

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Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.   John 4:35 NIV

Christ has ascended, and until He returns…

The rest of the year following Epiphany and Pentecost is known as Ordinary Time. Rather than meaning “common” or “mundane,” this term comes from the word “ordinal,” which simply means counted time (First Sunday after Trinity, etc.), which is probably a better way to think of this time of the year.

In Common Worship, the first section of Ordinary Time starts on the day after Candlemass ( February 2nd) and ends on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Lent. Ordinary Time resumes after Pentecost and always begins with Trinity Sunday and ends with Christ the King Sunday (last Sunday before the beginning of Advent).

The season of The Sundays after Trinity usually focuses on the evangelical mission of the church to the world and its responsibility in carrying out that mission of proclamation.

The Liturgical colour for Ordinary Time is dark green, although other shades of green are commonly used. Green has traditionally been associated with new life and growth.

Readings

Season after Pentecost
Year B
First* reading and Psalm Alternate* First reading and Psalm Second reading Gospel
Trinity Sunday
May 30, 2021
First Sunday after Pentecost
ARTPRAYER
Isaiah 6:1-8

Psalm 29

Romans 8:12-17 John 3:1-17
Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth
May 31, 2021
ARTPRAYER
1 Samuel 2:1-10

Psalm 113

Romans 12:9-16b Luke 1:39-57
Proper 5 (10)
Second Sunday after Pentecost
June 6, 2021
ARTPRAYER
1 Samuel 8:4-11, (12-15), 16-20, (11:14-15)

Psalm 138

Genesis 3:8-15

Psalm 130

2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 Mark 3:20-35
Proper 6 (11)
Third Sunday after Pentecost
June 13, 2021
ARTPRAYER
1 Samuel 15:34 – 16:13

Psalm 20

Ezekiel 17:22-24

Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15

2 Corinthians 5:6-10, (11-13), 14-17 Mark 4:26-34
Proper 7 (12)
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
June 20, 2021
ARTPRAYER
1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49

Psalm 9:9-20

or

1 Samuel 17:57-18:5, 18:10-16

Psalm 133

Job 38:1-11

Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32

2 Corinthians 6:1-13 Mark 4:35-41
Proper 8 (13)
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
June 27, 2021
ARTPRAYER
2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27

Psalm 130

Wisdom of Solomon 1:13-15, 2:23-24
or
Lamentations 3:22-33

Psalm 30

2 Corinthians 8:7-15 Mark 5:21-43
Proper 9 (14)
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
July 4, 2021
ARTPRAYER
2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10

Psalm 48

Ezekiel 2:1-5

Psalm 123

2 Corinthians 12:2-10 Mark 6:1-13
Proper 10 (15)
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
July 11, 2021
ARTPRAYER
2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19

Psalm 24

Amos 7:7-15

Psalm 85:8-13

Ephesians 1:3-14 Mark 6:14-29
Proper 11 (16)
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
July 18, 2021
ARTPRAYER
2 Samuel 7:1-14a

Psalm 89:20-37

Jeremiah 23:1-6

Psalm 23

Ephesians 2:11-22 Mark 6:30-34, 53-56
Proper 12 (17)
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
July 25, 2021
ARTPRAYER
2 Samuel 11:1-15

Psalm 14

2 Kings 4:42-44

Psalm 145:10-18

Ephesians 3:14-21 John 6:1-21
Proper 13 (18)
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
August 1, 2021
ARTPRAYER
2 Samuel 11:26 – 12:13a

Psalm 51:1-12

Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15

Psalm 78:23-29

Ephesians 4:1-16 John 6:24-35
Proper 14 (19)
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
August 8, 2021
ARTPRAYER
2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33

Psalm 130

1 Kings 19:4-8

Psalm 34:1-8

Ephesians 4:25-5:2 John 6:35, 41-51
Proper 15 (20)
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
August 15, 2021
ARTPRAYER
1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14

Psalm 111

Proverbs 9:1-6

Psalm 34:9-14

Ephesians 5:15-20 John 6:51-58
Proper 16 (21)
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
August 22, 2021
ARTPRAYER
1 Kings 8:(1,6,10-11), 22-30, 41-43

Psalm 84

Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18

Psalm 34:15-22

Ephesians 6:10-20 John 6:56-69
Proper 17 (22)
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
August 29, 2021
ARTPRAYER
Song of Solomon 2:8-13

Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9

Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9

Psalm 15

James 1:17-27 Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
Proper 18 (23)
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 5, 2021
ARTPRAYER
Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23

Psalm 125

Isaiah 35:4-7a

Psalm 146

James 2:1-10, (11-13), 14-17 Mark 7:24-37
Proper 19 (24)
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 12, 2021
ARTPRAYER
Proverbs 1:20-33

Psalm 19

Isaiah 50:4-9a

Psalm 116:1-9
or
Wisdom of Solomon 7:26 – 8:1

James 3:1-12 Mark 8:27-38
Holy Cross
September 14, 2021
ARTPRAYER
Numbers 21:4b-9

Psalm 98:1-5
or
Psalm 78:1-2, 34-38

1 Corinthians 1:18-24 John 3:13-17
Proper 20 (25)
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 19, 2021
ARTPRAYER
Proverbs 31:10-31

Psalm 1

Wisdom of Solomon 1:16-2:1, 12-22
or
Jeremiah 11:18-20

Psalm 54

James 3:13 – 4:3, 7-8a Mark 9:30-37
Proper 21 (26)
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 26, 2021
ARTPRAYER
Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22

Psalm 124

Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29

Psalm 19:7-14

James 5:13-20 Mark 9:38-50
Proper 22 (27)
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
October 3, 2021
ARTPRAYER
Job 1:1, 2:1-10

Psalm 26

Genesis 2:18-24

Psalm 8

Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12 Mark 10:2-16
Proper 23 (28)
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
October 10, 2021
ARTPRAYER
Job 23:1-9, 16-17

Psalm 22:1-15

Amos 5:6-7, 10-15

Psalm 90:12-17

Hebrews 4:12-16 Mark 10:17-31
Canadian Thanksgiving Day
October 11, 2021
ARTPRAYER
Joel 2:21-27

Psalm 126

1 Timothy 2:1-7 Matthew 6:25-33
Proper 24 (29)
Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost
October 17, 2021
ARTPRAYER
Job 38:1-7, (34-41)

Psalm 104:1-9, 24, 35c

Isaiah 53:4-12

Psalm 91:9-16

Hebrews 5:1-10 Mark 10:35-45
Proper 25 (30)
Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost
October 24, 2021
ARTPRAYER
Job 42:1-6, 10-17

Psalm 34:1-8, (19-22)

Jeremiah 31:7-9

Psalm 126

Hebrews 7:23-28 Mark 10:46-52
Proper 26 (31)
Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost
October 31, 2021
(If All Saints not observed on this day)
ARTPRAYER
Ruth 1:1-18

Psalm 146

Deuteronomy 6:1-9

Psalm 119:1-8

Hebrews 9:11-14 Mark 12:28-34
All Saints Day
November 1, 2021
(Sometimes observed on first Sunday in November)
ARTPRAYER
Wisdom of Solomon 3:1-9
or
Isaiah 25:6-9

Psalm 24

Revelation 21:1-6a John 11:32-44
Proper 27 (32)
Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
November 7, 2021
ARTPRAYER
Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17

Psalm 127

1 Kings 17:8-16

Psalm 146

Hebrews 9:24-28 Mark 12:38-44
Proper 28 (33)
Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
November 14, 2021
ARTPRAYER
1 Samuel 1:4-20

1 Samuel 2:1-10 **

Daniel 12:1-3

Psalm 16

Hebrews 10:11-14, (15-18), 19-25 Mark 13:1-8
Reign of Christ – Proper 29 (34)
Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
November 21, 2021
ARTPRAYER
2 Samuel 23:1-7

Psalm 132:1-12, (13-18)

Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14

Psalm 93

Revelation 1:4b-8 John 18:33-37
Thanksgiving Day, USA
November 25, 2021
ARTPRAYER
Joel 2:21-27

Psalm 126

1 Timothy 2:1-7 Matthew 6:25-33
Proper 3 (8)
Not Observed This Year
ARTPRAYER
Hosea 2:14-20

Psalm 103:1-13, 22

2 Corinthians 3:1-6 Mark 2:13-22
Proper 4 (9)
Not Observed This Year
ARTPRAYER
1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20)

Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18

Deuteronomy 5:12-15

Psalm 81:1-10

2 Corinthians 4:5-12 Mark 2:23-3:6
* “First” OT readings, read semi-continuously, follow major stories/themes, beginning in Year A with Genesis and ending in Year C with the later prophets. Italicized readings may be used with, or in place of it. * “Alternate First” OT readings follow the complementary historical tradition of thematically pairing the OT reading with the Gospel reading. Italicized readings may be used with, or in place of it.
** In a very few instances in the Lectionary, no Psalm reading is offered for reasons relating to the thematic nature of the Day.

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