Laetare Sunday

Today is Laetare Sunday, known at St. Bede’s as “Pink Stole Sunday” because the liturgical colour for today is rose.

It is also tradition on Laetare Sunday to make a simnel cake. Here is the recipe:


Combine the following ingredients and bake in a greased loaf pan at 300 for one hour

½ butter

1 cup flour

½ cup sugar

2 ounces candied citron peel

1½ cups currants (or raisins)

2 eggs


Cool the cake on a rack, then slice and wrap individual slices in foil or plastic wrap.


Food is a wonderful way of marking the changing seasons of the year. During Lent it is traditional to eat pretzels. Here is a recipe for them:

1 ½ cups water

A pinch of sugar

1 tsp yeast

4 cups flour



Kneed into dough, adding flour as needed. Divide into 16 equal portions. Roll each one out and shape into a pretzel. Place on cookie sheet and bake in pre-heated oven at 425 for 12-15 minutes. You may coat them with egg and sprinkle with salt.


What do you do to mark the changing seasons of the year?




One comment on “Laetare Sunday

  1. Laetare Sunday is also Mothering Sunday is the UK – and simnel cake is the traditional feast for that celebration 🙂

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