This past year I began attending Mass at a parish of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter, a diocesan-like structure created by the Vatican in 2012 for former Anglican communities and clergy seeking to become Catholic (I was Catholic before then, baptized 2 months after birth). The Pastor there is extremely conservative and serious about the Catholic faith. Of what I’ve witnessed so far, it seems that wherever he is allowed to keep old traditions in the Mass he does keep them, such as in November on All Souls’ Day, the Dies Irae sequence was sung by the choir. This past Sunday was Septuagesima Sunday, which began Pre-Lent, a season observed prior to Vatican II. This parish is observing the Pre-Lent season, which involves wearing violet vestments, not singing (or saying) the Gloria (other than solemnities and feasts), and not singing the Alleluia at all until Easter. I immediately started liking this Pre-Lent tradition, and I found out that refraining from Alleluia even goes for the Liturgy of the Hours. Not everything is like Lent; we still have flowers on the altar, and organ preludes and postludes.
My question, though, has to do with the Te Deum during the Office of Readings. I’ve read that it is supposed to be done on Sundays, except during Lent. Are any of you familiar with the Pre-Lenten season, and if so, do you pray the Te Deum on Sundays during Pre-Lent, or does it start during Lent?