Liturgical Year

Laetare Sunday or Mothering Sunday

           

 

Laetare Sunday

Laetare Sunday is the 4th Sunday of Lent, and the name Laetare Sunday is taken from the words of the introit, laetare Jerusalem, “rejoice with Jerusalem.” There is a joyful tone at this halfway point in the Lenten season. The vestments are often rose-colored (pink). Traditionally, the Apostles Creed is “handed over” to the catechumens, the last step for those preparing for Baptism.


Laetare Sunday is also called Mothering Sunday, named because a person would visit his “mother church,” another name for the church he grew up in, on this day. This day also became connected with visiting one’s biological mother on Laetare Sunday. Various customs developed on this Sunday, including the baking of “mother cakes.” These cakes are also called “simnel cakes,” and sometimes the fourth Sunday of Lent is called Simnel Sunday.

 
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