Septuagesima Sunday


  • Latin: seventieth


Within the seventh decade, or space of 70 days, before Easter; marking the, beginning of the penitential season with the wearing of purple vestments and the omission of the Alleluia. In earlier days a part of the week was given to fasting and abstinence in preparation for the more rigid observance of Lent. Among the Greeks called Prodigal Son Sunday from the subject of the Gospel which they read on this day.

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MLA Citation

  • “Septuagesima Sunday”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 31 January 2018. Web. 19 January 2019. <>