Happy Laetare Sunday -- and that would mean what? The Fourth Sunday in Lent traditionally has been a time of refreshment in the middle of the Season. Rose colored vestments replace the more somber purple, flowers will be in church, the mood reflects more of God's lavish grace than our introspection and penitence. The day gets its name from the first word of the traditional Introit or entrance song used in the liturgy, Laetare, rejoice. And so this weekend, where do you see opportunities for joy in your life? Where do you experience God's love and grace?
This week marks a transition in Lent. After we experience Laetare Sunday, the Church invites us to turn our eyes toward the time of our Lord's passion and death. Here at St. John's we mark the Fifth week in Lent with our service of Lessons and Carols of the Passion. On Saturday March 17 at our normal 5:00 pm Evensong time, we have invited four priests from congregations throughout our diocese to share reflections on the Passion story told by St. Mark. Each portion of the Gospel account will be marked by musical anthems and hymns as we set our eyes on Jerusalem as the place where Jesus confronts the forces of darkness. On Sunday morning, we continue our reflection on these Gospel passages during the 11:00 mass. We encourage you to mark your calendars for both these events.
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