Halfway to Easter! -- Lent's half over!

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The Fourth Sunday of Lent is also called Laetare Sunday. The word Laetare is the first word in the entrance song in the Roman Missal for this day's liturgy.  Rose vestments may be worn on this Sunday and only on one other Sunday, midway in Advent. Laetarae Sunday signals the half-way mark of Lenten penance and preparation for celebrating Easter. 

Looking for this weekend's scriptures and a little commentary on them?  Check this earlier post.

Here's a recording of the Laetare chant for this day followed by the text in Latin and English.

Laetare, Jerusalem:
Rejoice, O Jerusalem:
et conventum facite omnes qui diligitis eam:
and come together all you that love her:
gaudete cum laetitia, quia in tristitia fuistis:
rejoice with joy, you that have been in sorrow:
ut exsultetis,
that you may exult,
et satiemini ab uberibus consolationis vestrae.
and be filled from the breasts of your consolation.
- Laetatus sum in his, quae dicta sunt mihi:
- I rejoiced at the things that were said to me:
in domum Domini ibimus.
we shall go into the house of the Lord.
Gloria Patri . . .
Glory to the Father . . .
- Laetare, Jerusalem . . .
- Rejoice, O Jerusalem . . . .



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