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ASK FATHER: Why is it “Septuagesima” if it isn’t really the 70th day before Easter?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Tomorrow is Septuagesima Sunday, which is supposed to mean “seventieth”, as in 70 days from Easter. Then next Sunday is Sexagesima, or “sixtieth”, 10 days difference but only 7 days later. How does this add up? … Read More

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Burying the “Alleluia”

There is a lovely custom attached to Septuagesima Sunday and Pre-Lent: burying the Alleluia. At Septuagesima we stop, in the traditional rites, singing an Alleluia after the Gradual and, instead, sing a Tract.  The Alleluia isn’t heard in Masses of … Read More

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WDTPRS – Septuagesima Sunday: an alert for the season to come

On this coming Sunday, Holy Church begins to sing in a new key.  We have come around, in the traditional calendar, to Pre-Lent. No Catholic who follows the traditional calendar is ever surprised by the coming of Lent. A serious … Read More

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes: Septuagesima and 5th Ordinary 2020

Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass that fulfilled your Sunday Obligation? What was it? There are a lot of people who don’t get many good points in the sermons they must endure. … Read More

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SEPTUAGESIMA SUNDAY 2020 – Pre-Lent begins! Get your head into gear.

In the new-fangled calendar Sunday is the 5th in Ordinary Time, and celebrated in green vestments,in the traditional Roman calendar this Sunday is called Septuagesima, Latin for the “Seventieth” day before Easter. The Roman Station for Septuagesima is St. Lawrence … Read More

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WDTPRS – Septuagesima Sunday: “What am I getting myself into?!?”

In the traditional Roman calendar this Sunday is called Septuagesima, Latin for the “Seventieth” day before Easter.  Already!  It is quite early this year. The Roman Station today is St. Lawrence outside the walls. This number, 70, is more symbolic than … Read More

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Will you bury your “Alleluia” this year? – FOLLOW UP

UPDATE 7 Feb 2017: Well, we’re gonna do it.   On Septuagesima Sunday we will bury the Alleluia right after the Asperges. Also, we will have a Solemn Mass. 7:30 AM 12 February at St. Mary’s in Pine Bluff, WI. … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Septuagesima and pre-Lent preparation?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: As you know, the season of Septuagesima starts next Sunday. How can I make the most of it to help prepare for a successful Lent? My understanding it was originally used to ease in to the … Read More

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Septuagesima: “Burying the Alleluia”

I have in the past written, just the other day as a matter of fact, about a French custom of “burying the Alleluia” on Septuagesima.  On this pre-Lent Sunday, scrapped with the incept of the Novus Ordo, we wear the … Read More

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WDTPRS Septuagesima Sunday: “What am I getting myself into?!?”

In the traditional Roman calendar this Sunday is called Septuagesima, Latin for the “Seventieth” day before Easter.  Already!  It is quite early this year. This number, 70, is more symbolic than arithmetical. The Sundays which follow are Sexagesima (“sixtieth”) and … Read More

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Septuagesima – Burying the Alleluia

We have come around again to Pre-Lent. It is time to get our heads into the game and start preparing for our upcoming Lenten discipline. Already. Sunday is Septuagesima. That means that on Saturday at 1st Vespers, in the traditional … Read More

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WDTPRS: Septuagesima

For the Collect in Sunday’s Ordinary Form, 7th Sunday of Ordinary Time, here. The prayers and readings for the Masses of these pre-Lenten Sundays were compiled by St. Gregory the Great (+604), Pope in a time of great turmoil and … Read More

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Septuagesima is upon us

This coming Sunday is Septuagesima in the traditional Roman calendar  It comes late this year because of the vagaries of the moon. In the pre-Conciliar calendar this period before Ash Wednesday is called the Season of Epiphany.   Part of it … Read More

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WDTPRS: Septuagesima – Prayers for Mass (1962MR)

In the pre-Conciliar calendar this period before Ash Wednesday is called the Season of Epiphany. This year, because Easter falls so early, there aren’t many Sundays immediately after Epiphany.  Some will be bumped to the end of the liturgical year.  … Read More

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