The Sunday called Quinquagesima
or, the Sunday next before Lent (focus text in bold):
Deuteronomy 6:4-14 - "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one."
Psalm 106:1-10 - "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is gracious; his love endures"
1 Corinthians 13 - Paul's rhapsodic exploration of love
Luke 18:31-43 - Jesus heals a blind man in Jericho
Cover art: “Saint Paul” by Bartolomeo Montagna, 1482, oil on panel, Museo Poldi Pezzoli, Mila
The Sunday called Sexagesima
or, the Second Sunday before Lent (focus text in bold):
Genesis 3:9-19 - "he shall bruise his head, and he shall bruise his heel"
Psalm 130 - If thou, Lord, wilt mark what is done amiss, who may abide it?
2 Corinthians 11:19-21 - Paul boasts in his infirmities like a "fool"
Luke 8:4-15 - the parable of the sower
Cover art: “The Parable of the Sower” by Gerald Steinmeyer, 2004, fresco, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Charlotte, North Carolina
The Sunday called Septuagesima
or, the Third Sunday before Lent (focus text in bold):
Genesis 1:1-5 - the creation of light
Psalm 29 - the Lord sits above the water-flood
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 - all the runners in a race run, but only one receives the prize
Matthew 20:1-16 - the parable of the workers in the vineyard
Cover art: “The Creation of Light” by Gustav Dore, engraving, 1897