Your Sunday Sermon Notes: 4th (Laetare) Sunday of Lent – and a POLL

Too many people today are without good, strong preaching, to the detriment of all. Share the good stuff.

Was there a GOOD point made in the sermon you heard at the Masses for the 1st Sunday of Lent?

Tell about attendance especially for the Traditional Latin Mass.  I hear that it is growing.  Of COURSE.

Any local changes or (hopefully good) news?

Those of you who regularly viewed my live-streamed daily Masses – with their fervorini – for over a year, you might drop me a line.

I have some written remarks about the TLM Mass for this Sunday – HERE

About the COLOR OF VESTMENTS you saw, let’s have a POLL.

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  1. Not only is there a very subtle difference between Laetare and Gaudete, a truly well equipt sacristy will actually have two rose vestments, as the rose color proper to Lent is just a tad redder, and that for Advent has a modicum more blue. Of course it is understandable if country parishes make do with but one rose vestment.

    Posted a few days early, save for April 1.

  2. Gregg the Obscure says:

    Happy Sunday!

    one of the the parochial vicars who doubles as a Scripture professor at the local seminary had 1030 today. due to the presence of about ten candidates for baptism, the Gospel was the man born blind. he gave a perspective i’ve not heard mentioned before, about the challenges that the newly-sighted man must have faced. he seems to have been kicked out of the synagogue, disowned by his parents, and faced, for the first time, the necessity of working to earn his keep. the new follower of the Lord will face many difficulties, but the Lord always provides. the saints whose images surround us (the Cathedral has magnificent stained glass) persevered in praise – in seeing the Lord and all the good he has made – and now live perpetual praise without any difficulties. by seeking their intercession and following their example, we can do the same.

  3. Today, father used a chasuble from what I believe is a new Solemn set the parish got a few years ago – unfortunately, our deacons got stolen away for a pontifical Mass somewhere else in the dioceses. But back to the vestments; they were the kind that really tend towards orange. I found a piece on Liturgical Arts Journal about “Borromean Rose” the fabric was almost exactly like that, but I think the vestment maker was “Luzar” (an English company).

    Why do some rose vestments look orange, you might ask? My theory is that, well, some roses can get rather orangey. There are roses in my own front yard that take on shades between pale yellow and salmon-orange, depending on the nutrients in the soil I guess. But – for that same reason, why can’t we have rose vestments that tend towards yellow? I think I’ll try making some rose-yellow vestments for my Lego priests next. Suggestions?

  4. David Spaulding says:

    St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Conshohocken, PA (FSSP)

    Father went through sin and confession in an orderly fashion, reminding us of how to prepare for confession, give a good confession, and follow through afterwards. He explored types of sins, with examples, and the various ways that venial sins are forgiven. Mostly a good reminder, though there were some finer points I have missed over the years. A thorough, well-executed sermon.

  5. JohnMa says:

    Father talked about how, under current liturgical discipline, we Latin Catholics were not obliged to abstain from meat on Friday. He then explained why this, combined with the elimination of the Ember Days and vigil fasts, was disastrous for the Church and all humanity. Sometimes you need the priest from Hong Kong to say it like it is.

  6. David Spaulding says:

    Hive Mind: I do not have a missal and borrow one when I attend Mass. I would like to buy my own. I do not read Latin and admit that I struggle to follow the Mass at times. Which missal do you recommend for someone who will most often be attending Sundays and Holy Days?

  7. hwriggles4 says:

    Good sermon by our parochial vicar at tonight’s 5 PM Sunday Mass. The Gospel was the prodigal son and Father discussed the unconditional love and the example of a father. Father also made sure to emphasize God the Father.

    I was also impressed that are parochial vicar used the Roman Cannon. I have noticed him using the Roman Cannon more often during the consecration lately.

    On the local front, I am proud to report that my bishop last Friday held a public witness consecration during the Ascension in union and communion with the Holy Father (ties into the Ukraine) and the bishop of the neighboring diocese did the same. Also a few of my fellow parishioners were discussing after Mass with me that Catholics are returning to Mass.

  8. hwriggles4 says:

    I got the proper name wrong – March 25 is the Annunciation the day the angel Gabriel appeared to the Blessed Virgin Mary – 9 months before Christmas.

    The Ascension happens I believe 40 days after Easter. Pentecost is 50 days after Easter.

  9. JPCahill says:

    I missed my Ordinariate Mass this morning and went to a local(-ish) usus antiquior Mass. I haven’t been there since well before the Wuhan flu took over our lives so I can’t say whether attendance was up or down. I can say the church was basically full but with room for a few more.

    The celebrant chanted the epistle and gospel for the 4th Sunday in Lent in Latin. But at the pulpit he read in English the epistle and gospel for the 4th Sunday in Advent. He didn’t appear to notice. Perhaps he did but that was the only English text in front of him so he went with the that? Kind of odd. In any event, it didn’t seem to matter to the sermon as he preached on the Introit and what counts for the real joy, i.e., holiness.

    Rose vestments. A very pinkish rose, but rose.

  10. Dave P. says:

    Packed house as usual at St. Stanislaus in Milwaukee. “Just” a Missa Cantata – couldn’t pull off a Solemn High Mass this year. But my eldest son served for the first time – was in choir and joined in the responses. That was worth some rejoicing this Sunday. Also remembered my grandfather – this Sunday and the Latin Mass Community of Milwaukee have a special personal connection for me. In 1992, my grandfather was critically ill and we thought we were going to lose him. I went to Mass (then at the then-Cousins Center) and asked the chaplain for prayers. From that Sunday on, my grandfather improved enough to go home from the hospital and live with my parents. The following year, my grandfather’s health had again declined, and he wanted to join his wife and son (died at age 5) for Easter. I again went to the Latin Mass (now relocated to a parish church) and once again asked for prayers. That afternoon, my grandfather got his wish and left us. So even before I joined the Latin Mass Community, I made an effort to join them annually for that Sunday.

  11. JonPatrick says:

    Visiting in the Worcester MA area so attended the vigil mass at Our Lady of Czestochowa the church for the local Polish community which always has a reverent Novus Ordo. The homily was by Deacon Kohut who along with the pastor Fr. Polek were attired in rose vestments. He brought up some interesting aspects to the Prodigal Son I hadn’t heard before. One is that the father spots the son returning when he is far off which means he must have been constantly looking for him the whole time and that is how God is with us always waiting for our return to Him. The other is how the older son also does not have the right relation with his father, looks on it as more of a contract than one of love. That can happen to us if we look at God this way, thinking that mere piety will earn us something in return. It is important we share the grace we have received; if we do more graces will come as a consequence.

  12. Father, thanks for the gold star! Even though I errantly posted that in the wrong thread!

    In the spirit of this particular thread, I will report that my homily — regarding the Gospel of the Prodigal Son, paired with a reading about reconciliation, and a first reading about Joshua and God’s People leaving Egypt behind forever, I talked about the choice each of us has to be either of the two sons; the free-spending but repentant one, or the proper one who cannot think of any gift his Father ever gave him. And I spoke about confession, encouraging monthly use of it, and trying to emphasize in a maximal way the completeness of absolution: that absolved sins are truly, truly, TRULY gone.

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