Septuagesima Sunday

Sunday 31 January 2010

Septuagesima Sunday
2nd Class, Violet
(Lauds II)


Preces pópuli tui, quæsumus, Dómine, cleménter exáudi : ut, qui juste pro peccátis nostris afflígimur, pro tui nóminis glória misericórditer liberémur. Per Dóminum.

Let us pray.

O Lord, we beseech thee favourably to hear the prayers of thy people : that we, who are justly punished for our offences, may be mercifully delivered by thy goodness, for the glory of thy Name. Through.


The three Sundays preceding Ash Wednesday are called Septuagesima, Sexagesima, and Quinquagesima, which mean, respectively, the seventieth, sixtieth, and fiftieth day, that is, before Easter. They are mere names to correspond with the name of Lent (Quadragesima in Latin: fortieth): obviously they do not actually correspond with the period they indicate.

Man, victim of the sin of Adam and of his own sins, is justly afflicted, groans and sorrows encompass him.

On these Sundays the Glória in excélsis and Allelúia are omitted. except when the Mass of a feast is said, and purple vestments are used in preparation for Lent.


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