Today is Laetare Sunday

Laetare Sunday (pronounced /leɪˈtɑri/), so called from the incipit of the Introit at Mass, “Laetare Jerusalem” (“O be joyful, Jerusalem“), is a name often used to denote the fourth Sunday of the season of Lent in 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.

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