Sunday, January 5 was Septuagesima Sunday or approximately 70 days before Easter and the third Sunday before Lent; Septuagesima is Latin for seventieth. We begin a new season in the Christian year, the pre-Lenten season, and altar and vestment colors are somber, but beautiful indigo blue, The “gesima” Sundays are an ancient tradition dating from the eighth century, but now observed only in Anglican tradition churches.
We are entering the busiest period of the church year or Christian year leading up to Easter. Bishop Hartley based his sermon on the scripture assigned for the day. The Epistle I Corinthians 9:24 and the gospel St. Matthew 20:1. In the epiphany or manifestation season, the emphasis was on the various ways in which Christ was manifested or shown forth to the world. In the pre-Lenten season the emphasis is on action and living the Christians life in the world. In the Epistle St. Paul compares Christian life to a race to the prize of life; ” so run that ye may obtain.” In the Gospel Jesus teaches the parable of the laborers in the vineyard, the fruits of which are open to all who will work.
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