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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Ordinary Time: Easter to Advent

This season takes places from the day of Pentecost to the First Sunday of Advent. During this time, the Church continues to focus on the life of Jesus. This season is symbolized by a light green to represent hope and new life.

During Ordinary Time the Scriptures readings focus on the events of Jesus’ life between his birth, life among the people, death and Resurrection.  This season provides a time for those gathered to hear the Word of God to focus and reflect on the things Jesus lived and taught so that those values and attitudes may become part of those of the hearers.

Candle and Cross


Build. Plant. Grow. provides catechetical instruction for children based on the Sunday readings of the Christian Church during the period beginning with Advent up to and including the closure of the liturgical year with the Feast of Christ the King. These readings from the Lectionary are divided into three-year cycles

Lesson plans include a short exegesis of the readings, application to a children's book, and the virtue that is common to the Bible readings and the children's book, activities to extend the understanding of the virtue, practical advice for incorporating the virtue in an age-appropriate manner. Examples of the children's books include such favorites as The Legend of the Three Trees, Old Turtle, Mishan’s Garden, and You Are Special.