Laetare Sunday is a significant day in the Catholic liturgical calendar, celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent. The term "Laetare" comes from the Latin word for "rejoice," and this Sunday is meant to be a day of joy and anticipation as it marks the midpoint of Lent.

During the Latin Mass on Laetare Sunday, the liturgy reflects this theme of joy and hope. The priest may wear rose-colored vestments instead of the usual Lenten purple, symbolizing a break from the somber tone of the season. The readings and prayers focus on the themes of joy, refreshment, and encouragement for the faithful to persevere in their Lenten observances.

Overall, Laetare Sunday is a time for the faithful to pause and rejoice in the midst of their Lenten penance, reminding them of the ultimate joy that comes with Easter and the resurrection of Christ.

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