Father Ed also writes on Pre-Lent

This Sunday is an unusual one at St. Anselm’s. Because it is one of the rare occasions when Divine Worship (the liturgy of the Ordinariate) requires something markedly different to the Novus Ordo. We will therefore need different liturgical colours for the 9:15am and 11am Mass and a different set of rules governs each. What fun it will be…especially for the sacristans!

The reason for the difference is that Divine Worship brings a return to Septuagesima Sunday. A word derived from the Latin for “seventieth” which marks the start of a special liturgical season in preparation for Lent. A time for prayerfully planning how a good Lent is to be kept. In other parts of the world Septuagesima also marks the start of Mardi Gras- the great Carnival culminating in Shrove Tuesday. After Septuagesima comes Sexagesima, Quinquagesima and Quadragesima which mean “sixtieth,” “fiftieth,” and “fortieth” respectively.

At the 9:15am Mass then, as during Advent and Lent, the Gloria and Alleluia are no longer said. Septuagesima also marks a return for the Ordinariate to the liturgical colour of violet. But because the liturgical books revised after the Second Vatican Council omitted Septuagesima, Sexagesima and Quinquagesima Sundays, and treat this period as part of Ordinary Time, it will be quite different at 11am. Here we will still wear green vestments and the omissions are held off until Ash Wednesday.

The propers also bring a different focus to each mass. For those interested in liturgy I offer a small sample of the texts for comparison:

THE INTROIT (sung in Latin at St. Anselm’s for the 9:15am only)

Divine Worship: The sorrows of death came about me, the pains of hell got hold upon me, and in my tribulation I made my prayer unto the Lord, and he regarded my supplication out of his holy temple.

Novus Ordo: O sing a new song to the Lord; sing to the Lord, all the earth. In his presence are majesty and splendour, Strength and honour in his holy place.


Divine Worship: O Lord, we beseech thee favourably to hear the prayers of thy people: that we, who are justly punished for our offences, may be mercifully delivered by thy goodness, for the glory of thy name; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end.

Novus Ordo: Almighty ever living God, direct our actions according to your good pleasure, that in the name of your beloved Son we may abound in good works. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.


Divine Worship: We beseech thee, O Lord, graciously to accept these our prayers and oblations: that we being cleansed by these heavenly mysteries, may obtain of thy great mercy the fulfillment of all our desires; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Novus Ordo: Accept our offerings, O Lord, we pray, and in sanctifying them grant that they may profit us for salvation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen

THE COMMUNION ANTIPHON (sung in Latin at the 9:15am only)

Divine Worship: Show thy servant the light of thy countenance, and save me for thy mercy’s sake: let me not be confounded, O Lord, for I have called upon thee.

Novus Ordo: Look toward the Lord and be radiant; Let your faces not be abashed.

Fr. Ed Tomlinson

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