Sunday, March 6, 2016

DID YOUR PRIEST, DEACON, LECTORS AND CONGREGATION WEAR ROSE TODAY FOR LAETARAE SUNDAY?

Well of course at St. Joseph Church in Macon we will wear rose today, but I must confess that the photos below showing the congregation wearing rose was from 2012 when we hosted the opening Sunday Mass for Macon's world famous Cherry Blossom Festival which had a parade following the Mass in which yours truly and Father Dawid were great hits too. The majority at this 12:10 PM Laetarae Mass (4th Sunday of Lent) were not Catholic. What a great way to evangelize Catholic style. The lector reading from a piece of paper isn't the lector of the Mass but the mayor of Macon speaking after the Prayer after Holy Communion. It is just coincidental that the Cherry Blossom Festival encourages everyone to wear pink or rose during the more than week long festival. It happens every few years that the festival coincides with Laetarae Sunday, which it doesn't this year.  Enjoy the photo fest:






I have to say that the parade is great fun. Unfortunately this year it falls on Holy Saturday! I will not be able to participate not only due to the fact that I am busy with this, that and the other on Holy Saturday which liturgically is a somber day, but because I would not participate in a parade on Holy Saturday.

The same happens in Augusta. Every few years Holy Week falls during Master's Week (which is always the first full week in April) and to be in Augusta during Masters Week is kind of like Marti Gras in terms of human behavior and festivities. Good Friday and Holy Saturday get eclipsed in Augusta when the Masters is in full swing.

I pray that the Holy Father doesn't choose the first or second Sunday in April as the fixed date for Easter because it will be a debacle for Augusta Catholics if Holy Week falls during Masters' Week almost every year!

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Marti" Gras? Oh, please......

Julian Barkin said...

Hello Fr.

Well I went to a standard Ordinary Form Mass for Saturday Vigil for 530pm, due to my Fiancee's Shower today (please pray for us both. The Devil runs rampant and I think particularly HATES OUR upcoming path to this vocation, over other couples.) Despite it being the mass with children's choir and youth lectors (under 18), our priest wore the pink/rose colour. Although it was truly "pink" like your vestments and not TRUE "Rose" coloured vestments, yes my priest wore Pink.

On an unrealated sidenote, but was part of our "announcements" period in the liturgy, because our Canadian government is about to enact legislation for legalizing medical euthanasia, which can sadly be used and spilled over to generalized euthanasia in the hands of our sick Liberal government tag-team of emperor Trudeau and tyrant Wynne, Our Cardinal Archbishop Thomas Collins, ordered all priests to read out a pastoral letter on Euthanasia. The language he used was quite strong and tried to unmask the terms used to hide the "merciful" act, like my example I just used.

The full text may be found here: https://www.archtoronto.org/media-centre/news-archive/chancery-news/cardinal-thomas-collins-euthanasia-assisted-suicide-march-2016. Anyone reading this inside and outside Canada, please help us before it's too late, or at least to throw "curve balls" into the implementation of the law.

Stephen Conner said...

The priest and deacon at the parish my family and I attended this weekend wore violet. I light-heartedly joked with Father after Mass about not wearing rose. He chuckled saying that he had forgotten.

Anonymous said...

ALTAR GIRL ALERT TO THE RIGHT! BOYS ONLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are doing the girls a disservice.

James said...

We had a visiting priest today, and I think he brought his own chasuble as I didn't recognize it. It was rather nice: a cross between cerise and magenta rather than the brighter shades that seem the norm these days.

It's very hard to get rose vestments right, and I haven't been impressed with recent Vatican examples. I think the shade best suited to Gaudete and Laetare Sunday is dusty pink, like the following:
http://www.highfashionfabrics.com/silk-dupioni-shantung-dusty-rose.html

Anonymous said...

"Laetarae" Sunday"? You'll pulling our legs, right?

Anonymous said...

I am a relatively new visitor to this blog and this was the first time I have seen so many pictures of your church - it's absolutely beautiful. Thank you for doing such a good service to your parish and the universal Church through a worthy offering of the Sacred Liturgy and the preservation of beautiful architecture.

Anonymous said...

I know these are not exactly pertinent to this post.....but thought I would drop them in for Father.... Divine Worship.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwsChqnhaiA



and here is a OF by the Benedictines of St. Michael's Abbey in Farnborough.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkxvFeQNbvA

Anonymous said...

I should have included these as well in my previous comment..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guYVA5NKdis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgH6mwJbtAs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zzn7DfboU9g

Anonymous said...

Oh yes Father, Rose vestments for all masses, including high missa cantata.