Earlier this week, the Church’s liturgical calendar returned to “Ordinary Time.” As has been said before, there’s nothing “ordinary” about the time. However, as we will find out in the coming weeks, the Sunday’s (better called, the Lord’s Day!) are counted and we all remember learning our ordinal numbers from school!
Before we get to the counting of Sunday’s, the Church gives us two solemnities to celebrate aspects of our faith that are important. First, today’s celebration of Trinity Sunday and then, next week, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. (Remember that our annual Eucharistic procession will take place following the 11:00 a.m. Mass!) Along with the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart which will be on Friday, June 8, these three feasts form a kind of tryptich that reveals the great gift of Divine Love in our world.
Locally, we’ll add an additional observance for Sunday, June 10 when we celebrate the Solemnity of the Anniversary of the Dedication of the Cathedral. Every diocese in the world celebrates this as a day to express our unity with the local bishop, all the clergy and laity of the local Church. The cathedral church is the primary church building of a diocese because of the Bishop’s Chair (the cathedra) where only the Bishop sits and from which he presides over the flock to guide, teach and sanctify us in the name of the Good Shepherd.
So, that’s a lot of celebrating to do. Mark your calendars and join in the celebrations.