England & Wales
Grant that your faithful, O Lord,
whom you nourish and endow with life
through the food of your Word
and heavenly Sacrament,
may so benefit from your beloved Son's great gifts
that we may merit an eternal share in his life.
Roman Missal, 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Besides the times of year that have their own distinctive character, there remains in the yearly cycle thirty-three or thirty-four weeks in which no particular aspect of the mystery of Christ is celebrated, but rather the mystery of Christ itself is honoured in its fullness, especially on Sundays. This period is known as Ordinary Time.
Beginning with the Third Sunday, there is a semicontinuous reading of the Synoptic Gospels. This reading is arranged in such a way that as the Lord's life and preaching unfold the teaching proper to each of these Gospels is presented.
- Peace on Earth
- especially on the Day of Prayer for Peace (2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time)
- Christian Unity
- especially during the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity (18–25 January
- Victims of Human Trafficking
- especially on St Josephine Bakhita (8 February)
- The Sick and those who care for them
- especially on World Day for the Sick (11 February)
- Students and Teachers
- especially on the ecumenical Education Day (3 Sundays before the 1st Sunday of Lent)
- The Unemployed
- especially on the Day of Prayer for the Unemployed (1 Sunday before the 1st Sunday of Lent)
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The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments have informed Bishops' Conferences that from henceforward St Joseph is to be insert into Eucharistic Prayers II-IV in the Roman Missal.
- Information about Become One Body One Spirit in Christ DVD
- Liturgical Calendar
- Cycle of Prayer
Department for Christian Life and Worship
The Department for Christian Life and Worship is one of the six Departments of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. It is advised by three Committees: