Old names of pre-Lent Sundays
Posted: 07 Mar 2014 @ 00:20
What is the origin of the beautiful traditional namesSeptuagesima, Sexagesima, and Quinquagesima for the Sundays beforeLent, and why were they dropped?
The names were probably established by about the seventhcentury. The name Quadragesima was given to the first Sunday in the40-day fast of Lent. Quinquagesima was given its name, by analogy,because it is exactly 50 days before Easter.
The Sundays Sexagesima and Septuagesima, although lying 57 ...
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