Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church, Ipoh, Malaysia

ORDINARY TIME: Ordinary time covers the weeks of the year which do not have a seasonal focus. There are two periods of ordinary time: between Epiphany and Lent (the Sundays before Lent), and between Pentecost and Advent (the Sundays after Trinity). 
The word “ordinary” commonly means something that is unexceptional or uninteresting. However, the word “ordinary” as used in “Ordinary Time” means that the Sundays after the seasons of Christmas and Easter are counted in order, using ordinal numbers.
It is best to think of Ordinary Time as one of the liturgical seasons – the longest season of the church year. Its liturgical colour of green points to our Christian hope and life, entering into the mystery of Christ in all its fullness.

Each year during Ordinary Time we read through one of the Gospels. This year (2020) we read cycle A which concentrates on readings from the Gospel of St. Matthew. The next year we turn to Cycle B the focus of which is St. Mark's Gospel, and the third year we turn to readings from St. Luke's Gospel until we repeat the cycle again. The two testaments, Old and New Testaments, reveal God's divine plan for mankind: "It is on this harmony of the two Testaments that the Paschal catechesis of the Lord is built, and then, that of the Apostles and the Fathers of the Church ..." (CCC 1094). The Church in her wisdom teaches that the Liturgy reveals the unfolding mystery of God's plan as we read the Old Testament in light of the New and the New Testament in light of the Old.

Ordinary Time enables us to devote ourselves to exploring the mystery of Christ in all its aspects and to celebrate the presence of God in the ordinary patterns of human life.

(Ref. "Liturgy Brisbane", "Agape Bible Study")

"The devil strains every nerve to secure the souls which belong to Christ. We should not grudge our toil in wresting them from Satan and giving them back to God."

- St. Sebastian (from "Inspiring Quotes")

[Ref. Daily Readings: Universalis.com; Bible Quotes: oremus Bible Browser;  Reflections (1): CatholicCulture.org; (2) OMPH Spiritual Health]

Ordinary Time - Before Lent (from 13 January, day after Baptism of the Lord, to 25 February, day before Ash Wednesday)

Address: 19-21 Jalan La Salle, 31400 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia; Tel: (60) 5458220

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"In honor of St. Pope Fabian, pray for all priests and bishops, that they be courageous, steadfast and humble shepherds.”

- In honour of St. Fabian (quoted from "Inspiring quotes")

19 January 2020, Second Sunday of Ordinary Time; Lit. Colour: Green.

  • 1st Reading: Is 49:3, 5-6; Responsorial Psalm: Ps 39:2 and 4ab, 7-8a, 8b-9, 10; 2nd Reading: 1 Cor 1:1-3; Gospel: Jn 1:29-34.
  • Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: 18 - 25 January; Theme: They showed us unusual kindness (cf. Acts 28:2).

"Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, we gather to pray for unity among Christians and reconciliation in the world. When St Paul was shipwrecked in Malta, he was received with unusual kindness. Let us introduce ourselves to those around us and greet them with a sign of peace"

​- Words of Welcome by Leader at ECUMENICAL WORSHIP SERVICE, e-PDF, Pg 14

Mass Readings

20 January 2020, 2nd Week, Ordinary Time; Lit. Colour: Green OR Red: St. Fabian, Pope & Martyr; St. Sebastian, Martyr; memorials.

  • 1st Reading: 1 Sam 15:16-23; Responsorial Psalm: Ps 49:8-9, 16bc-17, 21 and 23; Gospel: Mk 2:18-22.
  • Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: 18 - 25 January; Theme: They showed us unusual kindness (cf. Acts 28:2).
  • ​Diocese of Penang: Anniversary of the Dedication of the Holy Spirit Cathedral: In the Cathedral: Solemnity; In the Diocese but outside the Cathedral: Feast.