Rejoice, heavenly powers! Sing, choirs of angels!
Exult, all creation around God’s throne!
Jesus Christ, our King, is risen!
Sound the trumpet of salvation!
“Thy own soul a sword shall pierce”
“I confess to Almighty God, to blessed Mary ever Virgin, to blessed Michael the Archangel, to blessed John the Baptist, to the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, to all the Saints, and to you, brethren: that I have sinned exceedingly…”
Venite ad me omnes qui laboratis et onerati estis et ego reficiam vos.
The three sundays preceding ash wednesday are called Septuagesima, Sexgesima, and Quinquagesima, which mean, respectively, the seventieth, sixtieth, and fiftieth day, that is, before Easter.
“Man, victim of the sin of Adam and his own sins, is justly afflicted; groans and sorrows encompass him. “
On these sundays the Gloria in Excelsis and Alleluia are omitted, and the violet vestments are used, in preparation for lent.
Then Jesus said to them: Amen, amen I say unto you: Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you shall not have life in you.
He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath everlasting life: and I will raise him up in the last day.