Word for the Weekend: March 10 - Rejoice!

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

This weekend your parish will use either the scriptures for the Fourth Sunday of Lent, Year C in the lectionary or the scriptures for the Second Scrutiny, Year A in the lectionary.  Commentary on those scriptures can be found at the links in the previous sentence.  The Sadlier page offers notes for preparing children to hear the word with the Year C scriptures. Take some time today to look over the scriptures and the commentary and begin to prepare to hear the Lord's Word this weekend!  

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

Laetare (Introit) by Gregorian Chant on Grooveshark

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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