This Week: March 12 - 18

Published: March 8, 2012

“Rejoice with joy, you that have been in sorrow.”
           Isaiah 66: 10-11

Sunday, March 11, was the third Sunday of Lent in 2012. Next Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Lent is called in some traditions “Laetare Sunday.” Laetare means “rejoice.” To some, this may sound peculiar. Why is there a “Rejoicing Sunday” in the midst of Lenten introspection, fasting,and austerity? The exact midpoint of Lent is the Thursday of the third week of Lent; thus, the fourth Sunday of Lent was viewed historically and still is in some traditions observed as a day of celebration. Linked to an ancient mid-March Roman festivals called the hilaria (related, of course, to the word “hilarious”), Christians viewed Laetare Sunday as a day when the somber disciplines of Lent were lessened. Laetare is also known in some places as Refreshment Sunday or Holy Humor Day or Laughter Sunday and liturgies include moments for recalling the joy of the Lord in the midst of Lenten penitential pilgrimages.

So it is that the School of Divinity in mid-March and at the midpoint of this year’s Lenten season pauses for Spring Break, a time of refreshment in the midst of the semester’s regular rhythms of work, study, and learning.

SPRING BREAK: March 10-18, 2012

Important Upcoming Dates:

Advising for Fall 2012 March 26 – 30
Registration for Fall 2012 April 2 – 30

*Note: Information about Fall 2012 registration will be available beginning on Monday, March 19, 2012.


Blessings this week,

  Jill Crainshaw
  Associate Dean for Academic Affairs