Lent IV – Laetare Sunday

Lent IV – Laetare Sunday

St. Andrew’s 

 Episcopal Church

22 Cumberland Street, Clear Spring, Maryland


“Open Doors – Open Arms – Open Hearts”

Lent IV “Laetare Sunday”

March 31, 2019

7:30 a.m.  Quiet Holy Eucharist Rite I 

8:00 Confirmation Class (Last Class)

  9:00 a.m.  Holy Eucharist Rite I  

10:45 a.m. Adult Education  – Sign Language  

Today is Laetare Sunday: Today, the 4th Sunday in Lent, is also known as Laetare Sunday. Laetare gets its name from the first few words of the traditional entrance of the Mass of the Day, “Laetare Jerusalem” (Rejoice, O Jerusalem) from Isaiah 66:10. It is also known as “Mid-Lent”. The historic tradition on Laetare Sunday, is for there to be a relaxing from the normal rigors, and disciplines of Lent. Those who have them, Rose Colored Vestments and hangings, may be used in lieu of Purple. Rose is considered a lighter shade of color from Purple, therefore “symbolic of “lightening up” the restrictions of Lent. Traditionally, marriages that are banned during Lent, would be allowed on Laetare Sunday. Although, St. Andrew’s does not possess Rose Colored Vestments, Father Steve & Melanie, will provide “Rose Colored” beverages during the fellowship time following the 9:00 a.m. Mass today. Another name for Laetare Sunday, is “Mothering Sunday”. It would be on this day, the 4th Sunday in Lent, that one would visit their “Mother” Church – The Church in which one was Baptized, honoring one’s mother. 

2019 Friday Evening Lenten Bible Study/Meatless Meals: Please pay close attention! Our last Friday Evening Lenten Bible Study & Meatless Meal, is this Friday, March 5th., 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. HOWEVER, Father Steve is adding a sixth & final Lenten Bible Study Class on Wednesday, April 10th., following the 6:00 p.m. Office of Evening Prayer. 

Candy Egg Making Tuesday Nights: Candy Egg making, Tuesday nights, April 2nd. & April 9th., in the parish hall, 6:00 p.m. 

Motorcycle Blessing – Next Sunday, April 7th.: Members of Father Steve’s Williamsport HOG (Harley Owner’s Group) Chapter will arrive out in front of the Church, next Sunday, April 7th., around 10:15 a.m. for the Annual Bike Blessing. There will be reserved parking in front of the Church for motorcycles only on this date.

Father Steve’s Booklet: If you have not obtained a copy of Father Steve’ booklet, “The Holy Eucharist – My Alpha & Omega”. Please consider getting your copy. The reviews have been very positive. 100% of the proceeds for the booklet go towards the handicap building project. Father Steve is asking for a donation of at least $5.00 for the booklet. So far, over $600.00 have been raised for the handicap building project from the sale of Father Steve’s booklet. 

2019 Confirmation Classes come to a close: Today, is the last day for our 2019 Confirmation Classes. Our students this year, were able to stay ahead of schedule, and stay ahead of the required readings. The Confirmation Mass will be on Sunday, April 28th, at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, our Episcopal Cathedral in Baltimore. Mack Hagar will be Confirmed, and Margaret Kline will be received. (Margaret comes to us from the Roman Catholic Church.)

Adult Sign Language Class Time Change: The Sign Language Classes, will switch to 8:00 a.m. on Sunday April 7th and Sunday April 14th. There is a recorded song that the adults will be signing on Easter Sunday. Also, our Sunday School Children will be singing a song on Easter Sunday.

Soup & Sandwich Sale Next Saturday: Church Soup & Sandwich Sale, next Saturday, April 6th, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the parish hall.

Grotto Trip – Palm Sunday – Holy Week – Easter Sunday Schedule: Refer to the printed schedule in the Church pews, and posted in Perry Hall.

St. Andrew’s Printed Prayer List (By permission):

Kathi – Ramie – Tommie – Deacon John – Dan – Tommie – Thim – Mary – Payton – Rich – Denise – Carrol – Chuck – Jill – Stacy – Carlene – Staci – Randy – Annie – Margaret – Marsha – Christa – Beverly – Ray – Gail – Mary – Richard – Emma Kelby – Staci – Carrie – Steve – Dave – Michael – Carlene Sonja – Sharon – NancyPatAndyRogerTheodore “Baby Teddy” – Jacki – Dennis – Elizabeth – Chuck – Faye – Kelsey – Jess – Phil – John – Wyatt – Dottie – Kate – Curtis – Dick – Carlene – All Police Officers – Our Military – The First Responders of Our Communities – The Residents of Holly Place – The Homeless – Those suffering addictions – Those with mental illness – The unborn children; those who were never given a chance to be born.

In the Military: Bubba Neville

The Anglican Communion Cycle of Prayer for Sunday, March 31, 2019:

Pray for the Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean The Most Revd James Richard Wong Yin Song – Archbishop, Province of Indian Ocean & Bishop of the Seychelles

Episcopal Diocese of Maryland Cycle of Prayer for March 31, 2019:

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