Your Sunday Sermon Notes – 4th – Laetare Sunday of Lent 2021 and POLL: Rose Vestments

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  1. Cicero_NOLA says:

    Our FSSP parish is preparing for consecration to St Joseph, so our pastor continued his series on titles from the Litany of St Joseph. Today he examined “Terror of Demons.” St Joseph is never depicted with a sword, armor, or anything that typically inspires fear, let alone terror. The statue next to our altar shows St Joseph holding a lily and a carpentry tool. St Maria Goretti and St Dorothy (whose relics reside on the altar) are shown in the nearby windows each with a lily symbolizing their purity. Not only is he not shown as a warrior, but he is symbolically linked to these young girls, which doesn’t inspire fear, either. But just as a boxer or wrestler sizes up his opponent’s strengths, so too the demons, who are terrified that their most effective attack is useless against St Joseph’s purity and manly virtue.
    The tool he holds symbolizes his industriousness: “idle hands are the devil’s plaything.” If we can imitate St Joseph’s purity and commitment to his state in life (not merely ‘keeping busy’), then the demons will have no point of attack, which terrifies them.

  2. Gregg the Obscure says:

    livestream Mass today due to weather – plentiful snow, ice, and wind. the city has mitigated the attendance restrictions to allowing 175 in a room where fire code allows 800. it seems that many other people also took the weather-related advice of police and stayed home. during announcements the rector mentioned that recent attendance is averaging 60% below pre-covid levels.

    Only in our Lord can we obtain the courage, strength, and love to live in freedom from the world’s sin and darkness.

    the new diocesan TLM at Assumption parish is not streamed, so i’ll have to wait another week for it.

  3. abralston says:

    If my priest had any Rosé vestments he would wear them. I’m trying to convince our CWC to buy a set of black & rosé which are the two colors missing.

  4. Fr_Andrew says:

    I have a set of very nice claret wine-color silk vestments that I use. They are too red to be purple or violet, and too violet to be red. They are heavily embroidered with raised gold flowers in a early 20th century French style.

    They were a near-perfect match for the color of the roses used on the altar a few years ago, and also again this year, and hence why, which I found them, they became the twice-a-year vestments, and not just another violet set.

  5. JPCahill says:

    My wife has informed me more than once that I do not “know my colours.” (Apparently white, navajo, and cream are not all the same.)

    So I didn’t tick any of the boxes.

    But I can say without fear of contradiction, that today’s vestments were very much the same colour as those shown in the illustration to this post. At least as presented by my pc monitor.

  6. JonPatrick says:

    Violet as our parish does not have rose vestments.

    Homily was about the passage from John 3:16 and following. Yes God so loved the world and that requires a response from us. This response includes an awareness of our own sinfulness and our need for reconciliation, which was a segue into the parish extra confession times for next week.

  7. exNOAAman says:

    The pastor briefly explained the significance of his (and deacon’s) rose vestments. He’s a bit of an artist, and pointed out that a painter making rose color could mix purple (lent) with yellow and white (Easter), thus obtaining rose.
    Attendance enough that some worshippers were seated in the choir area. But with daylight time, I wouldn’t read too much into it yet.

  8. Pastor wore rose pink but the deacon wore purple.

  9. MargaretC says:

    Our vestments were about the color shown in the photograph — I call it salmon, but maybe that’s not right?

    The homily was about Purgatory and the need for repentance. Good!

    It would be better if they scheduled some more times for confession.

  10. Padre Pio Devotee says:

    EF Homily: Just as the boy only had a few dishes and loaves, Our Lord was able to use what little the boy had for His own glory and the sake of the crowd gathered. No sacrifice or act is too small, which Our Lord can’t use. In echoing The Little Way, offer up the little sacrifices of daily life and this Our Lord will use it for His own benefit and those of others. When we give things to God, no matter how small, He can work in mysterious and amazing ways.

  11. Grant M says:

    I’m not very good at identifying colours, but in the online Mass I watched, the priest wore a beautiful chasuble which changed colour somewhat as it moved in the light. I would have called it wine-coloured, or the colour of a dark red rose. I put a screen shot into a page for identifying colour codes, and the colour at its darkest was #BF1A20 and at its lightest #E13335.

  12. Titus says:

    I called ours “rose pink,” but I fear it is closer to “baby rattle pink.” It’s the rose silk sold by C.M. Almy. We had a cope and chasuble (in the fantastic fuller Baroque Roman style) made of it because we already had a chalice veil and burse in the same fabric and were trying to be economical. (As I recall, Father, you provided a very helpful tip on contacting Gammarelli’s in connection with this project.)

    But they wound up making a new burse and a new veil anyways (for no extra charge that I could ever find). It’s very nice fabric, but we could have found something with more … Romanitas … if we had been starting without the premise of the existing pieces!

  13. Sue in soCal says:

    My husband and I are visiting our son and his family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Vestments were appropriate as was most of the liturgy – most of it. The strikingly blond, James Dean coifed priest, broke out in dance in front of the altar during the very upbeat recessional song. I have seen many strange things at this church since Cardinal Manning was replaced by Cardinal Mahoney – dogs in the front pew, people answering their cell phones during communion, an active homosexual community, a Quaker in charge of the liturgy – but this was a first. I was just starting to relax and ungrit my teeth. I may need dental work.

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