WDTPRS Sexagesima Sunday: “that we may be fortified against every adverse thing”
In the traditional Roman calendar, last week was the first of the pre-Lenten Sundays, Septuagesima or “Seventieth” before Easter. This Sunday is called Sexagesima, “Sixtieth”. This number is more symbolic than arithmetical. For a fuller explanation, HERE.
The Fore-Lent or Pre-Lent Sundays prepare us for the discipline of Lent, which once was far stricter. Purple is worn rather than the green of the season after Epiphany and there is a Tract instead of an Alleluia.
The prayers and readings for the pre-Lent Sundays were compiled by St. Gregory the Great (+604).
In the Novus Ordo of Paul VI there is no more pre-Lent, which