Sunday, March 10, 2013

Laetare Sunday (Lent 4C) 2013

"Rejoice, Jerusalem! Be glad for her, you who love her; rejoice with her, you who mourned for her, and you will find contentment at her consoling breasts." This Sunday is known as Laetare Sunday and is a Sunday of joy. Lent is half over, and Easter is enticingly near.

This Sunday was formerly called "Laetare Sunday" since its mood and theme was one of hope and rejoicing that Easter was near. In the reformed calendar this Sunday is not different from the other Sundays of Lent even though the entrance antiphon for the day still begins with the Latin word "laetare" and the vestments worn by the celebrant are rose-colored, not violet. The day is important because it is the day of the second scrutiny in preparation for the baptism of adults at the Easter Vigil [].

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Bartolome Esteban Murillo, The Prodigal Son Feeding Swine (1660)
O God, who through your Word reconcile the human race to yourself in a wonderful way, grant, we pray, that with prompt devotion and eager faith the Christian people may hasten toward the solemn celebrations to come. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever

1 comment:

  1. If I'm not mistaken, "rosacea" is closer to a salmon color. This is based, I believe, on the source of the pigment that originally came from some species of aquatic creature.
    Pink, the shade seen in the fiddleback chasuble above, sends a very mixed message to congregants in the world today. I doubt many priests would be willing to wear this color--or, for that matter, the very style of vestment.