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Laetare Sunday, Lent IV, 2014

posted Mar 27, 2014, 6:07 PM by Rochester Ordinariate
March 30Lent IV (Laetare)

Sung mass, 12:30pm, Good Shepherd church

Reminder:  Friday stations of the cross and eucharistic adoration, 6pm, Good Shepherd church.

Music for the day:

Great Litany

Sequence: 59, v. 1-2 “Lord, who throughout these forty days” (St Flavian)

Offertory: 310 “God moves in a mysterious way” (London New)

Recessional: 567 “Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us” (Dulce carmen)

Organ voluntaryAn Wasserflüssen Babylon (J. S. Bach)

Readings for the day.

The name of this Sunday comes from the traditional introit,

«Laetare Jerusalem: et conventum facite omnes qui diligitis eam: gaudete cum laetitia, qui in tristitia fuistis: ut exsultetis,et satiemini ab uberibus consolationis vestrae. Psalm: Laetatus sum in his quae dicta sunt mihi: in domum Domini ibimus.»

Today is the Fourth Sunday in Lent, called Laetare Sunday from the first words of the Introit at Mass, "Laetare Jerusalem" — "Rejoice, O Jerusalem".  On this Sunday, the mid-point of the season of Lent, the Church permits certain special signs of joy to encourage the faithful in their course, a relaxation of the stark penitence of the Lenten fast and a foreshadowing of our joy in the Risen Lord at Easter.  Flowers are permitted at the altar, the deacon and subdeacon wear dalmatics instead of folded chasubles as on other Sundays of Lent, and in place of penitential violet, rose-colored vestments are allowed.  By a happy blending of of significations, there is another rose-related tradition on the Fourth Sunday in Lent, on account of which the day is also called "Dominica de rosa" or "Sunday of the Rose".

By tradition, on this day the popes have blessed a golden rose, a precious and sacred ornament made of pure gold by skilled craftsmen, to be bestowed, as a token of special reverence and devotion, upon Catholic kings and queens, princes and princesses, other renowned and distinguished persons, governments or cities conspicuous for their Catholicspirit and loyalty to the Holy See, and, from the latter half of the 20th century, upon certain places of devotion, churches and shrines.

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