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Faith Comment published in the Petersfield Post

8 July 2015: Sylvia Roberts, St Peter's Church

Ordinary Time

Even if we never darken the doors of a church, our year, nationally, is governed and shaped by the Christian calendar.

There must be few people who do not celebrate Christmas even if the season of Advent preceding Christmas is best known through advent calendars. Easter is also widely celebrated, although the season of Lent in preparation for Easter perhaps doesn't mean much apart from possibly "giving something up for Lent", or enjoying pancakes on Shrove Tuesday as Lent begins. Pentecost or Whitsun is best known for its accompanying bank holiday - and Trinity Sunday is a mystery.

After Trinity Sunday the church enters a long season known as Ordinary Time - and that is the time we are in until November - a long season but not to be despised because it is called ordinary.

We all enjoy the times of celebration in our lives- birthdays, anniversaries and weddings. We prepare for them carefully. We look forward to them eagerly and enjoy them when they arrive but how lovely too is ordinary everyday life.

The security of daily routine, the comfort of the known, the time when we can just be ourselves without having to tire ourselves out with preparations, or to spend lots of money, or dress ourselves or our houses in special ways.

Ordinary Time. Not ordinary and boring; not ordinary and tedious but the ordinary warp and weft of our ordinary lives The beauty of Ordinary Time both in our personal lives and in the church's year is that it can be a settling time; a time of prayer and reflection and best of all the calmness of Ordinary Time makes the glory of the special days days more brilliant by comparison.

Hurrah for the ordinariness of Ordinary Time.

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