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Ordinary Time
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Outside the cycle of Easter and Christmas festivals, the Roman liturgy had three formulas, each depending on the date of Easter, for measuring six possible Sundays after Epiphany (Epiphany: V), and 23 for 28 possible Sundays after Pentecost. In the Middle Ages they were numbered both “after Pentecost” (until 1970, Cath. use) and “after Trinity” (Trinity Sunday, Protestant use). All these ordinary (“ferial”) Sundays had the liturgical color (II) green and could be displaced by higher festivals. Since the 1970 Missal, Catholics count a total of 34 …

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Praßl, Franz Karl, “Ordinary Time”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_025968>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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