Laetare Sunday - Mothering Sunday
Feast of St Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary
El Greco, Flight into Egypt (detail) 1567
Today is Laetare Sunday. Or Rejoice Sunday, because Laudate is a Latin word which means 'rejoice'. Rose vestments are worn to represent a joyful reward or reprieve from offering sacrifice with patience during this penitential season of Lent when people have traditionally fasted.
During the Middle Ages the custom developed of allowing those who had moved away to visit their home ('mother') parishes and their mothers on Laetare Sunday. So the fourth Sunday of Lent is also Mothering Sunday.
And to complete the trifecta, it is also the feast of St Joseph. St. Joseph was the husband of Mary, the mother of Jesus. According to the earliest Christian traditions, he was a carpenter or woodworker. The Gospel of Matthew calls him a “righteous man,” meaning he was an observant Jew who obeyed God’s law.
Music on Sunday
JOSEPH, HUSBAND OF MARY
Prelude: Preambule – Percy Whitlock (1903-1946)
Hymns: Processional Christ is our cornerstone
Gradual How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
Thanksgiving The Lord’s my shepherd
Post Communion Now let us from this table rise
Setting: Christ Church Mass – Philip Matthias (b. 1954)
Psalm: 89: 19-29; NPCW
Anthem: God be in my head – Henry Walford Davies (1869-1941)
Motet: Bread of the world – Louis Bourgeois (c.1510-61)
Postlude: Toccata in E minor, P.462 – Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)
Nominations have closed for the election of Synod representatives for the next 3 year session of Synod and our lay representatives will be:
This is an important year for Synod elections.
“Our heartfelt thanks to everyone in the St Andrew’s family for your love, support and prayers over the last couple of months. Miraculously, John has recently returned home from hospital and is well on his way to recovery". Philippa and John
Our friend and parishioner, Barbara Goodey has died. Her funeral will be in the
Pioneer Chapel on Wednesday 22 March at 1.30pm.
May Barbara rest in peace and rise in glory.
This Saturday from 8.30am - 1pm. Have a sausage at the the St Andrew's BBQ stall.
Concert at Hampton
Good Friday Pilgrims' Walk
This year the Pilgrims' Walk will start and finish at St Andrew's so that cars are more easily accessed after our refreshments in the Cloister courtyard or Pioneer Chapel, depending on the weather.