Old names of pre-Lent Sundays
Posted: 07 Mar 2014 @ 00:20
What is the origin of the beautiful traditional names
Septuagesima, Sexagesima, and Quinquagesima for the Sundays before
Lent, and why were they dropped?
The names were probably established by about the seventh
century. The name Quadragesima was given to the first Sunday in the
40-day fast of Lent. Quinquagesima was given its name, by analogy,
because it is exactly 50 days before Easter.
The Sundays Sexagesima and Septuagesima, ...
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