Laetare Sunday is a traditional name for the Fourth Sunday of Lent. Laetare, meaning “Rejoice!”, is the first word of the liturgy in that day. During Lent the Church uses violet vestments to symbolise penitence, but on the fourth Sunday, we rejoice that we have turned a corner and our salvation is near at hand. The Church has a long tradition of expressing this rejoicing not only in the words of the liturgy but also in the colour of the vestments. The violet is lightened to a rose colour. While this tradition had fallen aside over recent decades it has now had a revival. The vestments for priest and deacon now include the rose vestments which are worn on this Sunday and also, for similar reasons, on the third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday).