American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Shrove Sunday.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A period of fifty days.
- n. Christianity a Sunday in the Christian calendar. It is 50 days, using inclusive counting, backwards, from Easter Sunday.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Fiftieth.
- n. the Sunday before Ash Wednesday (the beginning of Lent)
- from Latin quinquagesima dies (50th day) (Wiktionary)
- Medieval Latin quīnquāgēsima, from feminine of Latin quīnquāgēsimus, fiftieth, from quīnquāgintā, fifty; see penkwe in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The Sunday called Quinquagesima is read in the church the history of the holy patriarch Abraham which was the son of Terah.”
“And thus is one week put, which is called the Quinquagesima, after this that S. Ambrose saith.”
“And this noble Baron yielded up his soul, which was pure and without spot, to God, on that Sunday which is called Quinquagesima, being the twenty and ninth of May, in the year of our Lord one thousand and ninety and nine, and in the seventy and third year of his life.”
“And when the Cid Ruydiez had said this, this noble Baron yielded up his soul, which was pure and without spot, to God, on that Sunday which is called Quinquagesima, being the twenty and ninth of May, in the year of our Lord one thousand and ninety and nine, and in the seventy and third year of his life.”
“The eastern Churches, faithful to their ancient traditions, have kept up a most rigorous abstinence ever since the Monday of Quinquagesima week.”
“It was served by male members of Juventutem from various countries, while others – boys and girls alike – joined in the schola to sing the Gregorian kyriale and proper of the Quinquagesima Sunday.”
“From the Gospel for the Sunday in Quinquagesima, Luke xviii, 31: Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things shall be accomplished which were written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man.”
“All the faithful in the Apostolates are encouraged to join in these prayers and that the Masses on that Sunday Quinquagesima would be offered for this intention as well.”
“The famous liturgist, Abbot Gueranger, gives a description of the ceremony "of the Wednesday in Quinquagesima:”
“It begins with the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, called Dominica in Quinquagesima....”
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