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:
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!