Just a Friday in Ordinary Time

For many people there is nothing very special about today. For some it will be memorable, because this is the day on which they will marry, give birth, or lose a spouse or friend. For others it will be the day on which they receive good or bad news, see, hear or taste something new, discover a composer, poet or painter they had never known before. For a few, it will be the day on which, for the first time, they acknowledge that God is, and all former objections and hesitations fall away.

There is nothing very ordinary about Ordinary Time. In the monastery we are reading through the so-called Liturgical Code (chapters 8 to 20 of the Rule of St Benedict) which specifies how the various Offices or Liturgical Hours are to be celebrated. Today, for example, we are looking at the order of psalmody at Prime. To some that may appear dry as dust: a list of Psalm numbers that mean nothing very much. But to anyone who prays the Psalms, who joins him or herself with all the generations who have prayed the Psalms down the ages, above all Christ himself, it is anything but dry. It is life-giving; and the fact that it is also Friday, when we recall the Passion and Death of our Saviour, makes it doubly special. Just a Friday in Ordinary Time? Perhaps. But also a day on which to glorify God and give thanks for all that is.

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4 thoughts on “Just a Friday in Ordinary Time”

  1. Using MP from the Shorter Morning and Evening Prayer (Collins) Week 3 Friday : Hymn says:

    We bless you Father, Lord of Life,
    To whom all living beings tend.
    The source of holiness and grace,
    Our first beginning and our End.

    Quite a good start to a Friday in Ordinary Time

  2. After a series of “bad days” your blog has reminded me to thank God for today. So many good things that I might take for granted and forget to even cosider as gifts. Very easy to let trials and tribulations block out thoughts of God and then wait for a special occassion to jump start prayer/thoughtful behaviour. Thanks for using an “ordinary” Friday to shake me up a bit!
    What would I do without your blog?

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