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Term

LAETARE SUNDAY

Definition

The fourth Sunday of Lent, when the introductory word of the Introit is laetare, "Rejoice O Jerusalem." As it is Mid-Lent Sunday, rose vestments are worn, flowers are permitted on the altar, and the organ is played. On this day the Golden Rose is blessed. The day is referred to also as Mediana, Mid-Lent, Mi-Carême, Mothering, Rose, or Refreshment Sunday.

See Also: GAUDETE SUNDAY