Canon Aaron Huberfeld delivered the first sermon this past Sunday on the Capital Vice of Sloth. He was kind enough to send the text for publication:
The next three Sundays have perhaps the most mysterious names of any throughout the year, even for those who know Latin. The season takes its name from the first of these Sundays – Septuagesima, which we celebrate today. This Sunday marks the seventieth day from Easter (or from the completion of the Octave of Easter, to be precise). This period is a symbol of the seventy years of Babylonian captivity which the Hebrew people underwent. In the night office of the Church, we read the opening chapters of Holy Scripture and the history of the fall of man; thus this period also signifies the captivity to sin which is the lot of the unhappy children of Adam.