In the Extraordinary Form liturgical calendar, we mark the second of the three Sundays before the Great Fast of Lent as Sexagesima Sunday (the first of the three being Septuagesima, and the last being Quinquagesima). This year, on February 4, 2018, we celebrate this day with an Extraordinary Form Missa cantata (sung Mass) at 4 p.m. at the Adoration Chapel of the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish (Capitol Parish) church along N. Escario Street, Cebu City.
The Holy Sacrifice will be sung by Cebu Ardiocesan Media Liaison Monsignor Joseph Tan with the musical assistance of the Schola Gregoriana of Cebu.
As before, we invite you to come early for the recitation (in Latin) of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary at 3:15 p.m. Right after Mass, we shall be singing in English the Office of Vespers (Evening Prayer) in the Ordinary Form.
Please come in modest attire. Wear your Sunday’s best clothing that befits divine worship. Also go to Confession beforehand so that you can worthily receive the Body and Blood of the Lord in Holy Communion.
We are drawing nearer to Lent with Sexagesima Sunday, which falls within the season known as Septuagesima. The word sexagesima simply means “sixtieth” and refers to the fact that the Sunday falls within 60 days before Easter.
The entire season of Septuagesima, consisting of three weeks before Ash Wednesday, is a season of preparation for Lent. It is some kind of prelude to one of the Church’s holiest seasons.
During this penitential period, Holy Mother Church “gives us the three weeks of Septuagesima, during which she withdraws us, as much as may be, from the noisy distractions of the world, in order that our hearts may be more readily impressed by the solemn warning she is to give us at the commencement of Lent by marking our foreheads with ashes” (Dom Prosper Gueranger).
Join us, then, this Sexagesima Sunday, in retreating to that holy place away from the noisy distractions of the world.