The white lilies and blue forget-me-nots held symbolic meaning. The dainty blue flowers asked the viewer not to forget God’s promises, while the white bursting blooms proclaimed the resurrection. They were attached to a bed of greens and a cross adorned the center of the stole.
The word Laetare means “rejoice” in the Latin text of the word. Laetare was ultimately decided to be the name for this Sunday of rejoicing and celebration from the Latin text of the scripture verses found in the 66th chapter of the book of Isaiah.
The six-week season of Lent is overall a time of solemn and somber fasting spent in penance and preparation for the coming of Easter Sunday.