Septuagesima is a whole liturgical season that fell under the ax of Msgr. Bugnini and his team of liturgical "reformers". In the Missal of Paul VI, these Sundays have been tacked on to the end of the Season after Epiphany, which received the plodding new name of "Ordinary Time".
My Roman Catholic Daily Missal (1962) introduces this season as follows:
"The Three Sundays preceding Ash Wednesday are called Septuagesima, Sexagesima, and Quinquagesima, which mean, respectively, the seventieth, sixtieth, and fiftieth day, that is, before Easter. They are mere names to correspond with the name of Lent (Quadragesima in Latin: fortieth); obviously they do not actually correspond with the period they indicate. Man, victim of the sin of Adam and of his own sins, is justly afflicted; groans and sorrows encompass him. On these Sundays the Gloria in excelsis and Alleluia are omitted, except when the Mass of a feast is said, and violet vestments are used in preparation for Lent."
Fr. Zuhlsdorf offers a slightly lengthier introduction to the season, together with slavishly literal translation of, and commentary on, today's proper prayers, the Collect, Secret, and Postcommunion.
We, however, experienced none of this; although the Byzantine Divine Liturgy, which we frequent here in Trumau, also begins a pre-Lenten season of preparation on this Sunday of the Prodigal Son.
As regular bad Catholics we were far removed from such a spirit of sorrow and affliction. Instead, we saw that today is the feast day of the lovable St. John Bosco... who is Italian... and we like Italian food, and Italian wine... hence... a Bosco Bash!
Katie started us off with a spicy Suppa Toscana; Bryan and Kilty contributed the salad which followed; the pasta course was a delicious lasagne by Lisa and Katie together; the meat course was Br. Basil's turkey parmesan; plenty of Italian wine and Nana's bread accompanied every course, and for dessert, pannacotta with raspberries by Jessica. A strong shot of espresso applied the finishing touch.