Lætare Jerusalem: et conventum facite omnes qui diligitis eam:
gaudete cum lætitia, qui in tristitia fuistis:
ut exsultetis, et satiemini ab uberibus consolationis vestræ.
“Rejoice, O Jerusalem: and come together all you that love her:
rejoice with joy, you that have been in sorrow:
that you may exult and be filled from the breasts of your consolation.”
The antiphon above is the Introit, or Entrance Antiphon, for this Fourth Sunday of Lent and, thus, gives this day its name – Lætare Sunday. Rose colored vestments may replace the purple of Lent for this one day – a day to set aside any mourning we may be doing for our sins to recognize that Christ’s victory over sin and eternal death has been given to us.
As Christians we are Easter people! The joy of Christ’s Resurrection we should radiate as we live our faith. As sinners, reconciled to Him, the forgiveness and mercy we receive in the Sacrament of Penance is something we must manifest regularly in our lives. In these closing weeks of Lent, make plans now to get to sacramental confessions so you, too, can rejoice in God’s love!