Today is Septuagesima Sunday, which marks the beginning of the preparation for Easter, and continues for three Sundays prior to Ash Wednesday. As it sometimes happens, this Sunday occurs during the Christmas Season, muting the joyous mood today. Finally, due to its proximity to the feast on the 29th, the Oratory will celebrate the external solemnity of the Feast of St. Francis de Sales today. On Tuesday there are Masses at 8am and 6:30 pm.
The Oratory's Lenten Sermon Series also begins today.
LENTEN SERMON SERIES 2013—SIX PRECEPTS OF THE CHURCH
Sunday, January 27th - Septuagesima Sunday/External Solemnity of Saint Francis de Sales:
St. Francis de Sales & Church Authority to make laws.
Sunday, February 3rd - Sexagesima Sunday:
To contribute to the support of the Church
Sunday, February 10th - Quinquagesima /40 Hours:
To hear Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation and to refrain from servile work.
Sunday, February 17th - 1st Sunday of Lent:
To fast and abstain on the days appointed
Sunday, February 24th - 2nd Sunday of Lent:
To confess one’s sins at least once a year
Sunday, March 3rd – 3rd Sunday of Lent:
To obey the marriage laws of the Church
Sunday, March 10th - 4th Sunday of Lent “Laetare”:
To receive the Holy Communion at least during the Easter Season