Your LAETARE Sunday Sermon Notes & Rose Vestment POLL

Was there a good point in the sermon you heard at the Mass to fulfill your Sunday Obligation?  Let us know.

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Also, did you see rosacea vestments today (hopefully not baby-rattle pink)?

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An image from the live stream.  At the end of Mass, on the way out, we have a custom of – each in order as we leave the sanctuary – tipping our hats to the Blessed Virgin.

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  1. OrangeBlossom says:

    “At the end of Mass, on the way out, we have a custom of – each in order as we leave the sanctuary – tipping our hats to the Blessed Virgin.” Love to hear this!

  2. Imrahil says:

    Anticipated OF Mass: rose.

    EF Mass today: violet cope for the Asperges, I guess because we don’t have a rose one; and the chasuble which is “our sort of rose”; which is is a mixture of dark-red and violet with a very broad golden embroidery, and which is in any case is only used on Gaudete and Laetare.

  3. Chaswjd says:

    I had to say “other.” At the parish I was at this morning, the priest had a rose casuable. Unfortunately, they did not have a rose Dalmatic for the deacon, so he wore purple.

  4. Adaquano says:

    We attend an OF parish, and our pastor wore his Rose vestments. He spoke on how Laetare Sunday is our mid-point and a chance to re-charge for the remainder of our Lenten journey, and to do so we need to get strength from the Blessed Sacrament. He used this as a chance to preach on the Blessed Sacrament and the reality of Mass – drawing the parallel of the Passover feast to Christ’s sacrifice. He drew from the First Reading from Joshua of God continually feeds His children, while demonstrating in the Parable of the Prodigal Son how food plays an important theme. He showed how the son became so desperate he was willing to eat anything, even if he was deleterious for him. Meanwhile his father fed him real food that strengthens after returning to his father with a penitent heart. Drawing on a main theme of his lately he encouraged frequent use of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and stressing how we must receive the Eucharist worthily. He encouraged going to Eucharistic Adoration, or if that is difficult to come to Mass early to spend time with the Lord in the Tabernacle in the silence before Mass.

  5. I said “rose”; we had a visiting priest this weekend who asked for rose vestments last night but the sacristan couldn’t find them until after Father had already vested in purple. So, purple last night, rose this morning.
    I, too, loved hearing of the custom of the clergy tipping their hats to Our Lady! How beautiful! I’m sure she appreciates the gesture. ;)

  6. Prayerful says:

    The vestment was rose, or maybe violet, the missal says violet or rose. The sermon was part of a series on the seven deadly sins, with this Sunday on gluttony. Fr linked it to how Our Lord was a fine host to those who had to come hear him preach when he multiplied the loaves and fishes, how he dined with the tax collector and sinners such that enemies considered him a drunk, that it is no sin to enjoy food and good company. Drinking is no sin, although some abstain when they cannot control their intake. Yet to drink to get drunk, which deliberately blurs reason is a sin, and most of all gluttony, while not the worst of sin leads to greater sins like that of lust. The priest hearing confession asked me to confess quickly (which I always do) as he to assist with Communion. I struggle with particular sins, so it was not a long confession, not as long as this ramble. My issue is habitual sin, which I could link in part with the parish priest’s (or administrator) words on the pulpit.

  7. I spent a lot of time with the parable of the two sons, one prodigal. I talked a lot about confession, and the absolute forgiveness of ALL sins, which are GONE.

  8. Gab says:

    Excellent sermon, Father Z! Such passion is rare. Would like to hear more of your sermons.

  9. Gab says:

    Fr Martin Fox “I talked a lot about confession, and the absolute forgiveness of ALL sins, which are GONE.” But we must also pay for our sins either in this life or the next even though they are forgiven, yes?

  10. Vidi aquam says:

    Our community all chipped in to get our pastor a set of rose vestments for the TLM which he wore for the first time today!

    His sermons are always short and sweet; the theme for Rose Sunday: rejoice in that Easter is approaching, and renew our Lenten commitment to prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, the remaining days if Lent are few.

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  11. benedetta says:

    Today was the Sunday of St. John Climacus in the Greek Catholic Rite. Our pastor compared the incident in St. Mark when the father with a boy with an evil spirit says “I believe; help my unbelief!” with the prayer of St. Ephrem which we pray during Lent at the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts. We pray that God take away a spirit of evil and replace it with good: the spirit of sobriety, humility, patience and love.

  12. Bthompson says:


    I had the same:
    My rose chasuble was made by my mother, and so there is no matching dalmatic. But we did the best we could, with our deacon (who though retired, generously serves when he can) wearing his own violet dalmatic.

    I preached on the difference between invincible ignorance and willful blindness to truth, using the content of and censorship surrounding the movie Unplanned as an example of conversion away from the latter.

  13. rhhenry says:

    Ordinary Form. Rose vestments.

    Homily was on how *both* brothers in the parable of the prodigal son were prevented from having a full relationship with their father, owing to their own selfishness / egocentrism, each in his own way.

  14. JGavin says:

    Went to St Pius X, Fairfield, Rose vestments, excellent sermon by Father Sam. Roman Canon for the Eucharistic prayer. Sanctus, Mystery of Faith , Agnus Dei in Latin.
    It was great. Not to raise a sore subject , personally, I never need to hear the second Eucharistic Prayer EVER AGAIN. I felt that way in 1985. I love the Roman Canon. Always have always will.
    Reading my Latin version in my NO Missal is there a difference between cotidianum and quotidianum ? Why did they feel the need to change it? Just wondering.

  15. Charivari Rob says:

    Visiting today. Ordinary Form. RCIA, so they went with the alternate readings today (healing of the blind man).

    Pastor had rose vestments. Deacon had alb & rose stole – usually he doesn’t go the “just alb & stole”, so maybe they don’t have a full rose set for the deacon.

    Pastor built from the Gospel to talk about a couple of points.

    1. God working acts of healing/forgiveness, particularly tying-in to Reconciliation – they just had a 24-hour program Friday afternoon to Saturday afternoon, and people turned out through the night.

    2. An example from his younger adult life about his own ‘blindness’ to Christian duty/obligation.

  16. Bunky says:

    The nass I attended featured a priest in unambiguously rose vestments of a hue too deep to be milennial pink and not orangey enough to be peach or puce, and not cheating as Bishop O’Hara has been known to do with red-violet. It was only the deepness and richness of the color which saved the chasabule from being an unfortunate shade of salmon. [“Salmon” is, in fact, closer to the Roman rose than you might think!] Alas, it was adorned by uninspired orphery in warm colors. The priest wearing it gave an inspired and thoughtful sermon wherein he said that the Prodigal Son whose story was told in the day’s gospel was motivated to return to his father’s household by hunger, to be sure, but conscience also played a role, and from there he proceded to discuss conscience and what Cardinal Newman and some others had to say about it. Does he get bonus points for the rose chalice veil and bit of cloth decorating the lectern?

  17. raven31 says:

    At Clear Creek monastery, they used purple at the private Low Mass I attended and rose at the community Solemn Mass.

  18. Rob83 says:

    EF Mass, there was a rose cope to go with the rose chasuble, which was in the gothic style with a full-length purple cross as accent.

  19. Arele says:

    Our priest talked about the movie, Unplanned, and urged everyone over 18 to go see it. He spent quite a bit of his homily talking about it. This is the first time I have ever heard a priest spend this much time talking about abortion. It was awesome!

  20. iamlucky13 says:

    Ordinary form, rose vestments.

    The homily followed a pretty common path for the parable of the prodigal son – we are all the prodigal son, we all sin, and God is always eager to forgive us if we will seek him out. He also offered a very brief introduction to the concept of an examination of conscience.

    He closed with mention of an upcoming Lenten penance service, where in addition to the pastor, 5 other priests will be available to hear confessions.

    He also mentioned having received an email from a nun who served the parish for years. This was noteworthy since she passed away three years ago, so be aware of this and similar scams…or look forward to having wifi in heaven.

  21. jaykay says:

    Violet, despite the fact we do have a fairly new rose chasuble. Homily was run-of-the-mill prodigal son theme, mercy etc.

  22. Grabski says:

    Happy to say we were able to gift our parish rose vestments for priest and deacon this year, In Memoriam St. John Paul II.

  23. Nan says:

    Byzantine Right, Sunday of St John Climacus, Gospel about the don with the mute spirit who could only be expelled through prayer and fasting, with a reminder of our need for prayer and fasting.

  24. Nan says:

    We don’t have Laetere Sunday or rose colored vestments.

    But we have solid blue for Marian feast days

  25. mrs wu says:

    Our homily was about Joy, and beer, with the exceedingly helpful reminder that if we have procrastinated getting our Lenten penance practices together, it is “better Laetere than never!” It was exactly what this soul needed.

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