LENT BEGINS ON March 1, 2017
The COLOR is Purple, indicating Penitence.
ROSE may be worn on the 4th Sunday of Lent
Liturgically we remove the GLORIA, and the ALLELUIA is replaced as the Gospel acclamation.
Consider changing up the penitential Rite and provide more SILENCE throughout the whole Liturgy.
During lent it is forbidden for the altar to be decorated with flowers (n.305. GIRM)
All Decorations ought to be minimal and reflect the solemnity of the season.
Also concerning the Holy Water fonts, the Congregation for Divine Worship states:
"that the removing of Holy Water from the fonts during the seasons of Lent is NOT permitted (emphasis added)..."
The First Sunday of Lent (March 5th, 2017 ) the RITE of SENDING is to be celebrated in the parish.
Those catechumens and candidates who will celebrate the sacraments of Initiation at Easter are ritually sent to the Bishop for the Rite of Election which is also held this day at St. Rose of Lima at 2:00 p.m.
We also celebrate a Rite of Election for Children on March 12, 2017 at Our Lady of the Snows Parish, 2pm
The Scrutinies are celebrated on the 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays of Lent.
These are simple yet profound rituals that are to be celebrated within the Mass.
DO NOT iIGNORE THEM!