American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The third Sunday before Lent.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A period of seventy days.
- n. [capitalized] The third Sunday before Lent: more fully called Septuagesima Sunday. The original history of this name and of Sexagesima (applied to the Sunday following)is not known; and any direct reference to sixty and seventy in these periods of sixty-three and fifty-six days before Easter is not to be traced. The probability is that the use of Quadragesima Sunday for the first Sunday in Quadragesima or Lent, and the independent use of Quinguagesima for the fiftieth day before Easter (both included), led to the extension of the series by the inexact application of the names Sexagesima and Septuagesima to the two Sundays preceding. Also called Lost Sunday, Alleluia Sunday. See
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Eccl.) The third Sunday before Lent; -- so called because it is about seventy days before Easter.
- n. the 3rd Sunday before Lent (or the 9th before Easter)
- From Latin septuagesima dies ("70th day"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin septuāgēsima (diēs), seventieth (day), feminine of Latin septuāgēsimus, from septuāgintā, seventy; see Septuagint. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The Lady and the Unicorn takes place during two years, starting during Lent-Eastertide 1490 and ending in Septuagesima 1492.”
“Why the day (or the week, or the period) has the name Septuagesima, and the next Sunday”
“Fro the Sondaie called Septuagesima (because there are seuentie daies, betwiene that and the octaues of Easter) thei would vs to renue the memorie of Christes Fasting, Passion, Death and”
“All that we need notice here is that this penitential season, which at a considerably later period was thrown back to the Sunday known as Septuagesima (strictly the Sunday within the period of seventy days before Easter), began earlier or later according to the day on which Easter Sunday fell, while the later additions at the other end -- such as Trinity Sunday, Corpus”
“Fro the Sondaie called Septuagesima (because there are seuentie daies, betwiene that and the octaues of Easter) thei would vs to renue the memorie of Christes Fasting, Passion, Death and Bewrialle.”
“In liturgical literature the name "Septuagesima" occurs for the first time in the Gelasian Sacramentary.”
“The photos, taken by "Newman" of Rinascimento Sacro, capture the Mass of Septuagesima Sunday (calendar of the usus antiquior) which was celebrated by Fr. Vincenzo Nuara, O. P, founder of Giovanie e Tradizione as well as the "Priestly Friends of Summorum Pontificum".”
“Therefore one could propose it especially for occasions when there is some particular richness of the old missal of which one could benefit (especially if in the other calendar there is nothing special foreseen): for example, for the time of Septuagesima, for the four Embertides or for the Vigil of Pentecost, and maybe even in the case of certain special communities, both of consecrated life and of brotherhoods or fraternities.”
“The word Alleluja is removed from the entire liturgy on Septuagesima Sunday; on Passion Sunday, the doxology is removed from the Invitatory, the Responsories, and the Mass.”
“Today, at first Vespers of Septuagesima Sunday, we sing the Alleluia for the last time.”
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