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Saint Patrick Catholic Church, Columbus Ohio, decorated for Laetare Sunday

Laetare Sunday

The fourth Sunday of Lent is traditionally known by the name Laetare Sunday. This name is taken from the Introit at Mass, Laetare Jerusalem which means “Rejoice, O Jerusalem.” Laetare Sunday marks the halfway point through the Lenten season of fasting, abstinence, and penance, and because of this it is a day of joy in anticipation of the close arrival of Easter. This day corresponds with Gaudete Sunday halfway through the Advent season, where the priests wear rose-colored liturgical vestments and the altar is decorated with flowers, often roses.

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We are filled with joyful hope as we pray for the grace to live these last weeks of Lent with deep devotion, staying close to Jesus, carrying our cross in his footsteps.”

Most Rev. Jose H. Gomez

Laetare, Jerusalem.”

Entrance Antiphon: Isaiah 66: 10-11


Saint Joseph, patron of the universal church, pray for us.

Be not afraid!  And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.  Holy Family, pray for us.  Amen.

The Holy Family, Murillo
The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities (c. 1675-82) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682)

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