The Last Weeks of the Liturgical Year 2010

We are approaching the Feast of Christ the King which comes in two weeks time and this is the last Sunday of the Ordinary Time and of the liturgical year. 


The Symbol for Ordinary Time is Chi-Rho. Comprised of the first two letters of the Greek word for Messiah (Christos) the letter Chi looks like an X, and the letter Rho looks like a P. Chi-Rho became a symbol representing Jesus Christ.
 
"Ordinary" Time does not mean average. Ordinary here means "Not Seasonal", the part of the Liturgical Year outside the seasons of Lent-Easter and Advent-Christmas.
It is a time for the Church to celebrate the wonder of God in all things, a time to celebrate the Paschal Mystery. ( Go look it up !)

The readings during Ordinary Time are supposed to help to instruct us on how to live our Christian faith in our daily lives.  ( agh !, that's what it was all about ! )

The seasons of the NEW liturgical year then begin with Advent, a time of preparation for the Christmas season.
Appropriately the theme of these last three Sundays of Ordinary Time is the end-times and the coming of Christ into his Kingdom. ( A bit gloomy and can give people the heeby jeebies -way too complex for me.)

We are in November, also in the Month of the Holy Souls, and this coming Sunday is Remembrance Sunday, and so we are thinking very much about all those who have died in armed conflicts throughout the world.


During this month the lists of names of our deceased families and friends are  remembered in the masses during November.
So at this time of the year the dead are very much on our mind.

So are our own feelings of loss and bereavement. Thoughts of our ephemeral human nature surface for many at this time and the wounds of parting that run very deep are opened once again. Such is life.




But belief in the resurrection is the most fundamental of all Christian beliefs; in fact without it Christianity makes no sort of sense at all. 
So  ....

This world is not the be all and end all of everything. 



We so often forget that this world is  a preparation for the life to come.

Jesus did not say there is a resurrection.

He said "I am the resurrection and the life, no one can come to the Father except through me."

At the end of the Eucharistic Prayer of the Mass  there is this wonderful affirmation of faith which I love:


"Through Him, with Him and in Him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all glory and honour is Yours, Almighty Father, forever and ever , Amen."
 


and at the Communion Rite this prayer led by the priest too always catches me:



 Deliver us, Lord, from every evil, and grant us peace in our day. 
In your mercy keep us free from sin
and protect us from all anxiety 
as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
That's about it ! 

Oh and this video the lyrics of which are surprisingly spiritual ....


2 comments:

Jan said...

I always find your images inspiring.

Philomena Ewing said...

Thanks Jan- I hope the words are OK too !