Participate in Septuagesima!

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In the traditional practice of the Faith, associated with the Traditional Mass, we are now in a time of the liturgical year called Septuagesima.  This time started yesterday with Septuagesima Sunday. It will last for 2 1/2 weeks.  It will end with Ash Wednesday on March 5, starting the formal period of the Lenten fast and abstinence.  Ash Wednesday begins the 6 1/2 week period – 46 days – of that Lenten fast.  But because we do not fast or abstain on Sundays, the Church, many, many centuries ago, moved the beginning of the fast to the Wednesday of the week of Quinquagesima (Ash Wednesday) to make the number of Lenten fast days – 40 – equal to those suffered by our Blessed Lord in the desert immediately prior to the beginning of his 3 year public mission.

What is Septuagesima?  It is a Lenten warm up period. It is…

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