In the traditional Roman calendar tonight we sing 1st Vespers of Septuagesima.
We have come around to Pre-Lent. This is a time to plan what your Lent will be for you. You are older this year than last you. You are not quite the same. The very same plan this year as last might not be your best plan.
On our Sundays, we have a foretaste of Lent, which Fathers such as St. Augustine saw as a sacred time, almost as if it were itself a sacrament. We prepare for the reception of sacraments. We should prepare to enter into Lent. Soldiers prepare for battle and we are soldiers of the Church Militant. We should strategize before the spiritual battle of Lent.
Pre-Lent is planning time. Holy Church knows you need this, which is why we have reminders that Lent is coming: Violet vestments for Septuagesima (70th), Sexagesima (60th) and Quinquagesima (50th), and why at 1st Vespers we sing the Alleluia for the last time for a long time. In some places the singing of the last Alleluia was a real occasion. They would even have a ceremony of burying the Alleluia for its resurrection at Easter.
To inspire a good start of Pre-Lent, here are the monks at Le Barroux singing their last Alleluia at the end of 1st Vespers.