A Laetare image

From Holy Ghost Church in Bytom, Poland

I like the little roses on the altar.

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  1. Hestor says:

    Holy Mass the way it should be!

  2. supertradmom says:

    Thank you for all the beautiful Laetare images.

  3. Immaculatae says:

    I love the pink roses.
    When praying the Rosary I always think of the pink roses
    as related to the virtue of Hope.
    White roses for Faith, pink roses for Hope, blood red roses for Charity.

  4. Rob says:


  5. irishgirl says:

    Nice touch with the ‘little’ roses!

    Noble simplicity!

  6. RBrown says:


    Asked, “Where do you think the liturgical development is heading?” Cardinal Pell responded, “I don’t know. I’m not a professional liturgist. I am keen that we strengthen the vertical dimension of the liturgy, if we can, in the popular understanding, so that it’s very obviously not just community-centred, it’s God-centred, it’s an act of worship. I’m very sympathetic to that. I’m even sympathetic for the Canon of the Mass that the priest has his back to the people.” Asked, “As something obligatory?” he replied, “Yes. Now there’s nothing like a consensus in favour of that at the moment. I think I would be in favour of it because it makes it patently clear that the priest is not the centre of the show, that this an act of worship of the one true God, and the people are joining with the priest for that.”


  7. RBrown says:

    Of course, Laetare Sunday is so called because of the first word in the Introit. The irony is that under the present liturgical policies a hymn can be substituted (and often is) for the Introit.

    So the 4th Sunday of Lent could also be called Be Not Afraid Sunday.

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