Passion Sunday


The fourth Sunday in Lent is called Laetare Sunday because traditionally the Introit begins, “Rejoice, (Latin, Laetare) O Jerusalem”. This day is also known as Refreshment Sunday because at this half-way point in Lent there is a relaxation of the seasonal discipline. Rose-coloured vestments may be worn and flowers are permitted. In many, if not most, churches Mothering Sunday is celebrated on the fourth Sunday in Lent.

The fifth Sunday in Lent is called Passion Sunday and it marks the beginning of Passiontide, the final part of Lent. ‘Passion’ is derived from the Latin word meaning ‘to suffer’ and it is the time when the Church focuses on all the physical, mental and spiritual torments that Jesus endured for us in his final days.

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