The Fourth Sunday of Lent is also known as Laetare Sunday because of the beginning of the old Introit for this Sunday, “Laetare Jerusalem” (“Rejoice, O Jerusalem”). It has also been called “Refreshement Sunday,” “Mothering Sunday,” and “Rose Sunday.” At Trinity we do not have rose vestments, but will commemorate the day by the inclusion of a single rose colored (some might call it pink) rose on the altar.
It is also a notable day due to the special frontal and fall which will be used. Our Verger, Sara Klingner describes them:
Lenten Frontal and Pulpit Fall
The age of the Lenten frontal is unknown, although we do know that it was repaired in 1963 by members of the Trinity Altar Guild sewing group. It was restored in 2017 by Trinity’s small group of dedicated stitchers. The central monogram is the “Chi Rho,” the first two letters of the Greek word for “Christ.”, with “Alpha” and “Omega”, the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. The embroidery was worked on a fine wool flannel which has survived well. The matching superfrontal is unique in the way it fits the front corners of the altar, much like a fitted bed sheet.
The matching pulpit fall, also on wool flannel, has not been repaired. Look closely to see that the gold threads are loose in places and that silverfish have damaged the wool. Again, the Alpha and Omega symbolizes Jesus as the beginning and the end of all things, a reference to Revelation 8:1. The monograms shown here and on the frontal are machine-made appliques that have been applied to the wool ground with outlines of gold thread.