Mass will be held at 6:30 AM on the Feast of the Annunciation, Saturday, March 25.
The Easter Triduum will NOT be held at St. Michael Mission in Bush this year as no Priest is available to celebrate the Triduum.
Upcoming dates regarding choir rehearsals and scheduling will be coming soon, and we welcome our new choir director for the Latin Mass, Chris Warwick, to St. Jane.
This weekend starts the Easter Cycle, with Septuagisma Sunday.
7 Things about Septuagisma Sunday
The name Septuagisma comes from the Latin for 70th, which means 70 Days Before Easter. It’s not really 70 days before Easter, but it’s the 3rd Sunday before Lent, which is 40 Days Before Easter. So, it’s Three Weeks before the beginning of Lent.
In some places it’s called Circumdedérunt Sunday, because of the 1st word of the Entrance Antiphon.
Ps 17:5; 17:6; 17:7
Circumdedérunt me gémitus mortis, dolóres inférni circumdedérunt me: et in tribulatióne mea invocávi Dóminum, et exaudívit de templo sancto suo vocem meam.
Díligam te, Dómine, fortitúdo mea: Dóminus firmaméntum meum, et refúgium meum, et liberátor meus.
Circumdedérunt means “about”, “around”, “encircling”… Which is why you rarely hear it referred to these days as Circumdedérunt Sunday. Because unlike “Rejoice Sunday”, during Advents and Lents, “Around Sunday” doesn’t have quite the same literary appeal.
The full translation of the Entrance Antiphon is:
“The terrors of death surged round me, the cords of the nether world enmeshed me. In my distress I called upon the Lord; from His holy temple He heard my voice.”
“I love You, O Lord, my strength, O Lord, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer.”
The 17-day period beginning on Septuagesima Sunday is a preparation for the season of Lent. “In many countries, however, Septuagesima Sunday marked and still marks the traditional start of the carnival season, culminating on Shrove Tuesday, sometimes known as Mardi Gras.” (via Wikipedia.)
However Carnival Season, as we all know, starts on Epiphany, with the celebration of the Three Kings bringing our precious Lord the gracious gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
There is a close correspondence between the pictures in the Roman Catacombs, and the readings which occur from Septuagisma Sunday through the 2nd Sunday of Easter. We’re talking ancient here.
In some places, the custom of the “Burial of the Allellulia” still takes place after Septuagisma Sunday, usually the Sunday before the first Sunday of Lent, as the Allelulia is not said during Lent.
Via St. John Cantius, The Burial of the ‘Alleluia’ is a beautiful custom repeated each year at St. John Cantius Parish. On the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, we bid this sacred word a fond farewell for the duration of Lent.
At the end of Mass, a placard with the ‘Alleluia’ in ornate gold letters is taken from the Sanctuary and processed to Mary’s Altar where it is “buried”—placed under the altar cloth. The ‘Alleluia’ will only emerge again at the Easter Vigil after the 40 days of Lent, we hear the Church proclaim the Resurrection of Our Lord.
And via the New Liturgical Movement:
“On Saturday before Septuagesima Sunday all choir boys gather in the sacristy during the prayer of the None, to prepare for the burial of the Alleluia. After the last Benedicamus Domino [i.e., at the end of the Vespers service] they march in procession, with crosses, tapers, holy water and censers; and they carry a coffin, as in a funeral. Thus they proceed through the aisle, moaning and mourning, until they reach the cloister. There they bury the coffin; they sprinkle it with holy water and incense it; whereupon they return to the sacristy by the same way.”
This burial of the Alleluia was nicknamed the deposition (i.e., “the giving on deposit”). Curiously enough, gravestones in Catholic cemeteries traditionally had the inscription Depositus, or simply “D,” to indicate a Christian’s burial. When this term indicates the burial of the Alleluia or of the faithful departed, the Christian belief in resurrection is clear. As we bury those who have been “marked with the sign of faith,” (Roman Canon), and as we enter into the fasting of Lent, we do not silence our tongues because of despair or permanent loss. Rather, we do so with confidence that what has been deposited into the earth—our dead, our Alleluia—will rise again.”
Origen has an interesting Homily on the Gospel of the Day:
“Observe if you can that the first order stands for Adam, and for the creation of the world: for the Householder going out in the morning early as it were hired Adam and Eve to work in the vineyard of His justice. The second order of workers means Noah, and the Covenant which He established with him. The third order signifies Abraham, and those who, following him, were Patriarchs, until the time of Moses. The fourth order is Moses, and all who went with him out of the land of Egypt, and the Law that was given in the desert. The last order, about the eleventh hour, means the Coming of Jesus Christ. The Householder was but one, as the parable records: He went forth five times, and He went forth that He might send into His vineyard workmen that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth (II Tim. ii. 15), who would labour in His service. And One is Christ coming frequently among men, ever providing what is needed for the calling of His workers.”
The entire homily is edifying.
Septuagisma Sunday is this coming Sunday ~ lots to be done before the Lenten Season.
Fr. Allen will say the Mass at Noon. We continue to pray for Monsignor Calkins as he recuperates from his icy fall and broken leg.
“At that time, Jesus spoke this parable to the crowds: The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men were asleep, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. And when the blade sprang up and brought forth fruit, then the weeds appeared as well.
And the servants of the householder came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’
He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ And the servants said to him, ‘Will you have us go and gather them up?’
‘No,’ he said, ‘lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. Let both grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will say to the reapers: Gather up the weeds first, and bind them in bundles to burn, but gather the wheat into my barns.’
On Thursday, February 2, we will have the annual blessing of candles, followed by a Low Mass.
As we did last year, we will begin with the blessing of the candles, then process around the Church with lit candles, and then start the Holy Mass.
At that time, when the days of Mary’s purification were fulfilled according to the Law of Moses, they took Jesus up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord – as it is written in the Law of the Lord, Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord – and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, a pair of turtle doves or two young pigeons.
Brethren: Be not wise in your own conceits. To no man render evil for evil, but provide good things not only in the sight of God, but also in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as far as in you lies, be at peace with all men. Do not avenge yourselves, beloved, but give place to the wrath, for it is written, Vengeance is Mine: I will repay, says the Lord. But, If your enemy is hungry, give him food; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by so doing you will heap coals of fire upon his head. Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Fr. Allen will be celebrating the Mass this weekend. We continue to thank all of those who support and encourage the Mass here so profoundly.
We would also like to have a meeting in the near future to discuss the restoration of Catholic Culture in society at large, but more so, here in our Parish. Please contact father Allen if you are interested.
Please pray for the healing and well being Monsignor Calkins, who broke his leg doubly in an icy fall during the recent winter storms in the mid south. May the Archangel Raphael watch over him, and all the ill in our Parish, leading them ever closer to healing, in Jesus Christ. Monsignor does not have a cast on, and is using a walker to get around (in therapy, of course.)
Lesson from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans
Brethren: We have gifts differing according to the grace that has been given us, such as prophecy to be used according to the proportion of faith; or ministry, in ministering; or he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhorting; he who gives, in simplicity; he who presides, with carefulness; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be without pretense. Hate what is evil, hold to what is good. Love one another with honor. Be not slothful in zeal; be fervent in spirit, serving the Lord, rejoicing in hope. Be patient in tribulation, persevering in prayer. Share the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep. Be of one mind towards one another. Do not set your mind on high things but condescend to the lowly.