Today is known as “Laetare Sunday” (which translates “Rejoice Sunday”). It is named for the opening chant that the Church assigns to this Sunday: “Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad for her, all you who love her; rejoice with her in joy, all you who mourn over her.” Seen as a mid-way point in Lent, the Church permits us to celebrate the Lord’s Day with a little extra enthusiasm today. You might notice this in the music. Ordinarily, instrumental music is forbidden during Lent, but on Laetare Sunday that restriction is relaxed. At St. Jude, I’ll be playing a celebratory prelude and a postlude. As our penitential journey is now more than halfway over, let us pray for the grace to stay faithful to our Lenten practices. May the rejoicing we experience this Sunday be a reminder of the Easter joy we will soon celebrate.