Watch Bishop Earl Boyea of Lansing offer Sunday Mass from Saint Thomas Aquinas Church in East Lansing. Click this link to watch:
Concelebrating Holy Mass with Bishop Boyea are Father Gordon Reigle, Father Gary Koenigsknecht, Father Matthew Bonk. Assisting them at the altar are Deacon James Kasprzak and Deacon Michael Cassar.
Today is the Fourth Sunday of Lent, known as Laetare Sunday. The term “Laetare Sunday” comes from the Latin laetare, meaning “to rejoice” as is deployed in the Introit for today’s Mass:
“Rejoice, O Jerusalem: and come together all you that love her: rejoice with joy, you that have been in sorrow: that you may exult and be filled from the breasts of your consolation. Psalm: I rejoiced when they said to me: ‘we shall go into God’s House!'”
For those of us unable to receive Our Lord in Holy Communion today, it is advised that we pray a Spiritual Communion during Holy Mass, such as:
“I wish, my Lord and my God, to receive You with the purity, humility and love with which your Most Holy Mother received You, and with the fervor and spirit of the Saints.”
Have a happy and holy Laetare Sunday!