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The Fourth Sunday in Lent


Almighty God, our heavenly Father, Your mercies are new every morning; and though we deserve only punishment, You receive us as Your children and provide for all our needs of body and soul. Grant that we may heartily acknowledge Your merciful goodness, give thanks for all Your benefits, and serve You in willing obedience; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.



An Overview


Artwork: Pyx Fragments with the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes, Byzantine, 6th century. A pyx is the box that contains the bread that will be used for Holy Communion.


The Old Testament

Exodus 16:2-21

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Translation Notes

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The Epistle

Galatians 4:21-32

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The Holy Gospel

John 6:1-15

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Poetry Used in the Liturgy of Laetare

  • Isaiah 66

  • Psalm 122- ___

  • Psalm 125- ___

Artwork: Chasuble with the Gathering of the Manna after a print by Hieronymus Wierix. Netherlandish, 1570. Metropolitan Museum of Art. 


Further Reading & Listening



Artwork: The Miracle of the Loaves and the Fishes," from The Story of Christ, Georg Pencz. German, 16th century. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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