Now there’s a term that you no longer hear these days — Septuagesima. It refers to the period of preparation for the Great Fast of Lent. This Sunday, January 28, 2018, the Society will be marking Septuagesima Sunday with a Sung Mass in the Extraordinary Form (Traditional Latin Mass) at 5:00 pm at the Adoration Chapel of the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish (Capitol Parish) church along N. Escario Street, Cebu City. We invite you to join us in praying the Mass with us.
Msgr. Constantino Batoctoy, former parish priest of Remedios and Holy Cross Parishes and currently retired, will sing the Holy Sacrifice. The Society’s musical arm, the Schola Gregoriana of Cebu, will assist in music.
Please join us in praying in Latin the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin at 4:15 pm. Also, right after the Mass, we will sing the Office of Vespers (Evening Prayer) in English and in the Ordinary Form. Please also stick around for this latter liturgical celebration that we are trying to reintroduce into parish life.
Remember to go to Confession before Mass so that you can worthily receive Holy Communion.
Some notes about Septuagesima
The word septuagesima means “seventieth.” Septuagesima Sunday is the Sunday that falls within 70 days (but not less than 60) before Easter. The Extraordinary Form calendar has a pre-Lent preparation period consisting of Septuagesima, Sexagesima (“sixtieth”), and Quinquagesima (“fiftieth”) — the entire period of which is generally called Septuagesima. Lent itself — called Quadragesima (“fortieth”) — begins on Ash Wednesday.
Septuagesima can be viewed as some sort of countdown to Lent.
Both Lent and pre-Lent are penitential periods, so the liturgical color is purple/violet. The Alleluia and Gloria are suppressed in the Liturgy beginning Septuagesima Sunday. The Alleluia, an expression of great joy and jubilation, will not be heard again until the Easter Vigil. In place of the three-fold Alleluia chant between the Graduale and the Gospel, the Tractus (a long chant consisting of a series of verses from the same Psalm) is sung.
The pre-Lent period is no longer observed in the Ordinary Form calendar. Instead, the three Sundays before Lent are celebrated as Sundays Through Time (better known as Sundays in Ordinary Time).
See you all this Sunday. Bring your family and friends.
(Feature image courtesy of Ronald Endoma)