Ad Te Levávi Ánimam Meam

To Thee have I lifted up my soul (Introit – 1st Sunday of Advent)

Lætáre, Jerúsalem

Posted by james0235 on March 2, 2008

laetare.jpgToday, the 4th Sunday of Lent, is known as Lætáre Sunday. The term is taken from the Introit, or Entrance Antiphon, of the Mass:

Lætáre, Jerúsalem, et convéntum fácite, omnes qui dilígitis eam; gaudéte cum lætítia, qui in tristítia fuístis, ut exsultétis, et satiémini ab ubéribus consolatiónis vestræ.

Rejoice, Jerusalem! Be glad for her, you who love her; rejoice with her, you who mourned for her, and you will find contentment at her consoling breasts.

It is one of only 2 days during the Liturgical year (the other being Gaudéte Sunday) where Rose-colored vestments may be used instead of the typical Violet-colored vestments (GIRM 346).

Much like on Gaudete Sunday few Catholics are likely to actually hear the reason for the name given to this Sunday. The Introit (Entrance Antiphon) will be used in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. But, as it is very common in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite to replace the Entrance Antiphon with a hymn the Antiphon will probably go unheard by most Catholics.

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