Sunday, March 18th, was the fourth Sunday in Lent. In the Angelican tradition, this day is rich in symbolism and is known as Rose Sunday, as well as Laetare or Rejoicing Sunday. It is something of a pre-Easter Sunday, in that the emphasis is on a lessening of the somber mood of Lent and more to the looking forward to the joy of Easter. The altar and vestment colors are rose, the color of divine love. It is the only Sunday in Lent, in which flowers are permitted on the altar and we had beautiful bouquets of spring flowers.
Bishop Hartley, based his sermon on the Epistle for the day, Galations 4:21, in which St. Paul discusses the two sons of Abraham, one by a free woman and one by a slave, and “Jerusalem, which is free, is the mother of us all.” In the Christian tradition, those who follow Christ, are children of the free woman and are freed through Christ’s sacrifice.
Several of our members were out sick with the flu bug and we wish them a speedy recovery.
Everyone is welcome at St. Francis Angelican (Traditional Episcopal) Church, where Bishop Glen Hartley leads services Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Visit our website at www.stfrancisavamo.org.