the third Sunday before Lent
O LORD, we beseech thee favourably to hear the prayers of thy people; that we, who are justly punished for our offences, may be mercifully delivered by thy goodness, for the glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Saviour, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost ever, one God, world without end. Amen.
Source: Sacramentary of Bishop Gregory of Rome [600 AD]. The collect shows the great stress that Gregory knew from all sorts of calamities and threats - often perceived directly as a result of the sin of the nation. Septuageesima is the pre-Lent Sunday approximately 70 days before Easter. It comes from the Middle Ages
Please hold all centurions in your prayers this week. You may like to use this Centurion's Daily Litany
Feasts, Memorials, and Fasts
Lew Wallace, General (US), Evangelist - February 15
Centurions in harms way
Peace in the Mideast