Liturgical colors: Laetare Sunday through Pentecost

Liturgical colors: Laetare Sunday through Pentecost

News March 14, 2023

This coming Sunday, March 19, 2023, the 4th Sunday of Lent, aka "Laetare Sunday" is exactly 21 days until Easter!

Laetare means "rejoice" in Latin. We are able to relax a bit and contemplate with hope and joy the Easter celebration.

For Laetare Sunday the liturgical vestment color is rose (not pink!). Rose is a color that signifies hope. (It is also the color for Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent).

Next week, March 26th, the 5th Sunday of Lent, the vestments will be back to Lenten violet, signifying repentence and sorrow.

Then on Palm Sunday, April 2, and also on Good Friday, April 7, the vestments will be red to signify Christ's Passion.

When Easter comes, April 9, the vestment color will be white, and will remain white through the season of Easter.

Then we arrive at Pentecost, May 28, when the garments will be red, signifying the fire of the Holy Spirit that descended on the apostles, giving birth to the Church.

Learn more about liturgical colors.