Variable feast dates


  1. 'Septuagesima' (70th) and 'Sexagesima' (60th) mark the third and second last Sundays before Lent. They also mark the approximate number of days until Easter.
  2. 'Shrove' derives from an old-English word meaning to confess sins.
  3. Maundy Thursday derives from the Latin 'Mandatum' or mandate, referring to Jesus command to love one another in John 13:34.
  4. The term 'Rogation' as used in Rogation Sunday derives from a Latin word meaning to "request" or "beseech".
  5. 'Whit' as in Whit Sunday or Pentecost (50th) refers to the White garments which were worn by those who were being baptised at this time.