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Dom Prosper Gueranger wrote a multi-volume series on the liturgical year over 100 years ago. It's still highly regarded, though I find his language a little flowery for my taste. It's worth noting that "ordinary time" is a modern invention, unknown to our ancestors. For them, Epiphany followed Christmas until Septuagesima, which prepared the way for Lent. Then the post Easter time was counted as "after Pentecost". These, I think, are far better than "ordinary time" as they refer to key events in the church year.

If you're interested in seasons, Winters in the World by Eleanor Parker may be right up your street. It goes through the Anglo Saxon year, interweaving church and nature, well worth reading. Last week we had Roodmas, now we're heading to Michaelmas, for example.

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Oh dear...I didn't see this until now. It's wonderful, Kristin. My family & I were just reading about Ordinary Times last evening. I'm bookmarking this post so I don't lose it (I wonder why I missed it?) Regardless, I'm so glad you wrote it...my Pennsylvania German ancestors while mostly sect, Reformed and Lutheran, had a deep connection to their folk religion -- rooted in the medieval church. Your essays have been so enjoyable & educational to me. Thank you! ♡

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Just found you from notes and love how you wrote this! I am always so excited to find other seasonal/liturgical/nature-inclined mothers here!

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Nov 25, 2023Liked by Kristin Haakenson

I am new here and was racking my brain, trying to remember the name of the book that started me on this learning path about liturgy and the seasons. Then a Catholic Pilgrim kindly mentions Dr. Parker's book and hey, I realise I am among friends. Newly returned to the Catholic faith having been born into and brought up in a staunch Catholic family, so this is 'new' but old. I am enjoying this a great deal and your description of why we 'do' liturgy encapsulates what I have missed about the Catholic Mass all these years - worship in our daily lives.

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Sep 17, 2023Liked by Kristin Haakenson

Wow

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