I always wondered what the “gesima” Sundays were in the lectionary: Septua- Sexa- and Quinqagesima. Obscure Latin terms referring to the number of days before Easter. Today was Septuagesima Sunday, meaning 70 days before Easter, or another 30 before the beginning of Lent and our period of fasting and repentance. Thanks to Pr. PT McCain at Cyberbrethren. Click the link to get the full story. What’s a Gesima? The Church Prepares for Lent | CyberBrethren-A Lutheran Blog.