Lutheran Church Year
Dates of "Septuagesimae" (3^{rd} Sunday before Lent) 
Description: 
Septuagesima (in full, Septuagesima Sunday), an observance dropped from the calendar as revised following the Second Vatican Council but still in use in the traditional calendars, is the name given to the third from the last Sunday before Lent in the Catholic and Anglican churches. The Lutheran Church Year continues using the name. The term is sometimes applied to the period of the liturgical year which begins on this day and lasts through Shrove Tuesday (with the following day being Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins). This period is also known as the PreLenten season or Shrovetide. The next two Sundays are labelled Sexagesima and Quinquagesima, the latter sometimes also called Shrove Sunday. The earliest Septuagesima Sunday can occur is January 18 (Easter falling on March 22 in nonleap year) and the latest is February 22 (Easter falling on April 25 in leap year). 
Readings: Epistle: 1 Corinthians 9: 24  10: 5; Gospel: Matthew 20: 116 
Musical Context of Bach Cantatas: Motets & Chorales for Gesima Sundays 
Dates in the Lifetime of J.S. Bach 
All dates are in ISO 8601 format: YYYYMMDD.
Abbreviations of German weekdays: Sonntag, Montag, Dienstag, Mittwoch, Donnerstag, Freitag, Samstag. 
16850218 So
16860210 So
16870126 So
16880215 So
16890206 So
16900122 So
16910211 So
16920203 So
16930118 So
16940207 So
16950130 So
16960219 So
16970203 So
16980126 So
16990215 So
17000207 So
17010123 So
17020212 So
17030204 So
17040120 So
17050208 So
17060131 So
17070220 So
17080205 So
17090127 So
17100216 So
17110201 So
17120124 So
17130212 So
17140128 So
17150217 So
17160209 So
17170124 So
17180213 So
17190205 So
17200128 So
17210209 So
17220201 So
17230124 So
17240206 So  Cantata BWV 144 Nimm, was dein ist, und gehe hin (1^{st} performance, Leipzig)
17250128 So  Cantata BWV 92 Ich hab in Gottes Herz und Sinn (1^{st} performance, Leipzig)
17260217 So  J.L. Bach: Cantata Darum will ich auch erwahlen, JLB3 (1^{st} performance, Leipzig)
17270209 So  Cantata BWV 84 Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke (1^{st} performance, Leipzig)
17280125 So
17290213 So
17300205 So
17310121 So
17320210 So
17330201 So
17340221 So
17350206 So
17360129 So
17370217 So
17380202 So Mariä Reinigung
17390125 So
17400214 So
17410129 So
17420121 So
17430210 So
17440126 So
17450214 So
17460206 So
17470129 So
17480211 So
17490202 So Mariä Reinigung
17500125 So 

Sundays and Holidays in the Lifetime of J.S. Bach 
Prepared by Dr. Georg Fischer (April 2007), Aryeh Oron (March 2010)
Contributed by Dr. Georg Fischer (March 2010)
Please direct any questions or comments to: Dr. Georg Fischer 