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Lae•tar′e Sun′dayleɪˈtɑr i(n.)

  1. the fourth Sunday of Lent, when the introit begins with “Laetare Jerusalem” (Rejoice ye, Jerusalem).

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  1. Laetare Sunday

    Laetare Sunday, so called from the incipit of the Introit at Mass, "Laetare Jerusalem", is a name often used to denote the fourth Sunday of the season of Lent in the Christian liturgical calendar. This Sunday is also known as Mothering Sunday, Refreshment Sunday, Mid-Lent Sunday, and Rose Sunday. The term "Laetare Sunday" is used predominantly, though not exclusively, by Roman Catholics and some Anglicans. The word translates from the Latin laetare, singular imperative of laetari to rejoice. The full Introit reads: «Laetare Jerusalem: et conventum facite omnes qui diligitis eam: gaudete cum laetitia, qui in tristitia fuistis: ut exsultetis,et satiemini ab uberibus consolationis vestrae. Psalm: Laetatus sum in his quae dicta sunt mihi: in domum Domini ibimus.» «Rejoice, O Jerusalem: and come together all you that love her: rejoice with joy, you that have been in sorrow: that you may exult, and be filled from the breasts of your consolation. Psalm: I rejoiced when they said to me: "we shall go into God's House!"

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