The Roman Rite in the present day has the unusual feature of observing two different calendars simultaneously. The contemporary use of “Ordinary Time” (according to the “ordinary form” of the Mass) obscures some of the nuances of the calendar of the extraordinary form. Thus, we are highlighting the texts of the brief “Septuagesima” season from the old calendar, which provides a transition from the celebration of Christ’s Incarnation at Christmas toward the penitential season of Lent. “Quinquagesima” is the Sunday before Ash Wednesday.
- Cristóbal de Morales (ca. 1500-1553):
- Francisco Guerrero (1529-1599):
In illo tempore, assumpsit Iesus
- William Byrd (ca. 1540-1623):
O Lux, beata Trinitas
- Tomás Luis de Victoria (ca. 1548-1611):
Magnificat Sexti Toni