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Septuagesima, 2014

posted Feb 13, 2014, 5:47 AM by Rochester Ordinariate   [ updated Feb 14, 2014, 4:08 PM ]
February 16:  Septuagesima 

Sung mass, 3pm, Good Shepherd church 

The baptism of John Titus 

Reception following 


Music for the day: 

Ordinary of the Mass: 

Missa brevis No. 2 in F minor (Healey Willan) 

Asperges: anonymous polyphonic setting, c. 1450

Processional: 340 “We sing the praise of him who died” (Breslau)

Psalm:  119, Anglican chant

Sequence: 298, v. 1-2 “The great creator of the worlds” (Tallis’s Ordinal)

Offertory: 344 “O love, how deep, how broad, how high” (Deus tuorum militum)

Communion motet: O King all glorious (Healey Willan)

Recessional: 570 “O Jesus, I have promised” (Llanfyllin)

Organ voluntary: Final, from Symphony No. 1 (Louis Vierne)


Readings for the day are from the Roman lectionary.

Septuagesima comes from the Latin word for "seventieth" with Sexagesima and Quinquagesima equalling "sixtieth" and "fiftieth" respectively. They are patterned after the Latin word for the season of Lent, Quadragesima, which means "fortieth", as Lent, not counting Sundays, is forty days long.

In the pre-1970 Roman Catholic liturgy, the Alleluia ceases to be said during the liturgy. At first Vespers of Septuagesima Sunday, two alleluias are added to the closing verse of Benedicamus Domino and its response, Deo gratias, as during the Easter Octave, and, starting at Compline, it is no longer used until Easter. Likewise, violet vestments are worn, except on feasts, from Septuagesima Sunday until Holy Thursday. As during Advent and Lent, the Gloria and Te Deum are no longer said on Sundays.

The new liturgical books created after the Second Vatican Council omit Septuagesima, Sexagesima and Quinquagesima Sundays. In these, the period encompassing them became part of "Ordinary time", and because of this, the use of violet vestments and omission of "Alleluia" in the liturgy do not start until Ash Wednesday. The traditional liturgical books, such as the Missal of John XXIII and the Roman Breviary, however, continue to include the Septuagesima season.

In the Ordinariate calendars, the pre-lenten season of the "gesima" Sundays is restored, and we will observe them.

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