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Fourth Friday of Lent Reflection: Father John Grant

Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of Lenten reflections by the clergy of the Cathedral. Each deacon and priest will submit a reflection on a Friday of Lent. This is a short reflection, courtesy of Father John Grant.


100_6065Did you know that yesterday, which was Thursday of the Third Week of Lent, was the halfway point through the 40 day journey of Lent? We’re over the hump, and now there’s only two and a half weeks to the Triduum. Sounds like a reason to celebrate, and that’s just what the Church will do in the liturgy this Sunday!

This Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Lent, is called Laetare Sunday because that is the first word of the Latin Introit that is sung at the beginning of Mass, meaning ‘Rejoice!’ And it comes from the prophet Isaiah, “Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad for her, all you who love her; rejoice with her in joy, all you who mourn over her; that you may suck and be satisfied with her consoling breasts; that you may drink deeply with delight from the abundance of her glory.” (Is. 66:10-11)

At Mass this weekend you may notice a few differences. First of all, this is one of only two times the entire year that the priest may wear Rose colored vestments. And even though flowers are normally prohibited during Lent and organ music is supposed to be toned down, this weekend we can enjoy a bit of indulgence in both. But this levity in the liturgy is just a calm before the storm because the next Sunday, the 5th Sunday of Lent, begins Passiontide: the two week countdown to Good Friday. During Passiontide, statues, images, and crucifixes within the church are traditionally covered to further mortify our senses in preparation for the observances of the most sacred days of the year: the Paschal Triduum, when we recall the mysteries of Christ’s Last Supper, His Passion, Death, Rest in the Tomb, and glorious Resurrection.

So if you have slipped in your lenten observances, or even if you haven’t, let us celebrate the respite this Sunday will offer us and then even more earnestly recommit ourselves to Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving for this last half of Lent. For the great mysteries of Holy Week will soon be upon us and we must be ready to walk with our Lord in word and in deed!

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