Greetings, to everyone this weekend we celebrate Laetare Sunday has typically been viewed as a “break” from Lent before we enter the final two weeks of Lent in Passiontide and Holy Week. The priest’s vestments are changed, is usually the rose colored vestment if we have one, the Gloria is chanted again, and after this Sunday, the sanctuary slowly but surely begins to look barren as statues and other images are covered up in the build to Good Friday, in which the normally ornate sanctuary is empty and somber.
In one of his dramas, the Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw wrote, “The worst sin toward our fellow creature is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them, that is the essence of inhumanity.”
As we venture forward with our Lenten journey the purpose of Lenten season is to work on the things that withhold our relationship with God and with one another. My prayers to you is that in this season of ‘repentance,’ ‘Metonoi,’ may you be open to his spirit of change as to grow as His disciples of God.
I would like to thank all of those who have been very kind in driving me around and cooking lunch for me. I am touched by your kindness!
Peace and Blessings!
Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown
March 15, Fourth Sunday of Lent
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.” Jn 3:16
John 3:16 is probably the most often quoted scripture verse in all the Bible, at least by Christians. In it is the fullness of the truth of Christianity.
This week we celebrate two of the most prominent figures in the history of Christianity: St. Patrick, apostle of Ireland, and St. Joseph, Guardian and Patron of the Universal Church. St. Patrick, an Irish slave, later returned to Ireland as a Bishop to convert the Druids and pagans. He preached throughout Ireland for some 40 years.
Songs for the 9 am Mass:
Processional Hymn: Return to God (SS)
Psalm 137: Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you!
Gospel Acclamation: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory.
Preparation of Gifts: I Will Choose Christ (BB # 520)
Communion Song: With the Lord There is Mercy (BB # 672)
Recessional Song: Save Your People (BB # 131)