- Laetare Sunday
Laetare Sunday (often pronEng|leɪˈtɑri in English), so called from the "
incipit" of the Introitat Mass, "Laetare Jerusalem" ("O be joyful, Jerusalem"), is a name often used to denote the fourth Sunday of the season of Lentin the Christian liturgical calendar. This Sunday is also known as Mothering Sunday, Refreshment Sunday, Mid-Lent Sunday (in French "mi-carême"), and Rose Sunday, because the golden rose sent by the popes to Catholic sovereigns, used to be blessed at this time. The term "Laetare Sunday" is used predominantly, though not exclusively, by Roman Catholics.
This Sunday was also once known as "the Sunday of the Five Loaves," from the traditional Gospel reading for the day. Prior to the adoption of the modern "common" lectionaries, the
Gospelreading for this Sunday in the Anglican, Roman Catholic, Western-rite Orthodox, and Old Catholic churches was the story of the miracle of the loaves and fishes.
Roman Catholic Churchand some High Church Anglican[http://www.s-clements.org/PhotoGalleries/05RoseSunday/Index.html] and Protestanttraditions, there are flowers on the high altar, and priests are given the option to wear rose-coloured vestmentsat mass held on this day, in place of the purple vestments normally worn during Lent.
Laetare Sunday can fall on any date between
March 1and April 4.
* [http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/08737c.htm "Catholic Encyclopedia":] "Laetare Sunday"
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