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Ash Wednesday and Ashes on the Forehead

Ash Wednesday

Don’t you wish we had a Catholic infomercial channel? EWTN is great, but we could really use something to get us as excited about being Catholic as we do about a miracle cleaner that takes spots out of pets…or whatever those miracle cleaners do. Cue the hyper-energetic spokesperson: “Are you ready, out there? It’s Ash Wednesday! And you know what ...

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A rose vestment by any other name… What is Laetare Sunday?

Laetare Sunday Sale

“Laetare” comes from a line in the Latin liturgy for the Fourth Sunday of Lent, "Laetare Jerusalem" which means, “Rejoice, Jerusalem!” Since the fourth Sunday falls toward the middle of Lent, it’s a day set aside as “Laetare Sunday” to remember the joy that is coming on Easter Sunday. Once upon a time, the pope would bless golden roses at this time of year, which were sent to Catholic heads of state; that’s where the tradition of rose vestments seems to have originated. Many a priest wishes they had gone for the gold, but they didn’t. Sorry, guys.

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