Today is Septuagesima Sunday 2017 for those of us Catholics who hold to the Traditional calendar.
The sourced article linked below, from which the above graphic and the following paragraph are excerpted, provides a good explanation of the ancient Church Season we’re know entering. The article also explains a new penance about to be imposed upon the Church by the regime currently controlling things at the Vatican.
Today the “gesimas” begin and this is Septuagesima Sunday or in the privileged Anglican Catholic Ordinariate, the Third Sunday before Lent. The rest of you, sadly, get to suffer in banality in the deserted wasteland of the Novus Ordo. In the ridiculously named “Ordinary Time” for what was, the Time After Epiphany, it is some ordinary numbered Sunday where you will probably be told that “Lent is coming soon, it is time to prepare,” because that is what the notes in the Ordo tell the priest to begin to do. How silly, how utterly banal that a practice stretching back to the earliest times should be stripped away from the liturgical year without even a logical reason. Just another way to debase our work for the glory of God and preparation for ourselves. The colour is now violet, the Gloria is gone, the Alleluia is now removed from the liturgies not to return until the Paschal Vigil. It is “pre-Lent,” which the reformers abhorred, a time to prepare.