'Laetare', from the first word of Latin text of the Entrance Antiphon for that Sunday, which means 'rejoice'.
Rejoice, O Jerusalem: and all who love her:
Be joyful, all who were in mourning.
I'm still missing my Dad (it was two months on Friday since his death). But within the narrow confines of the New Jerusalem Workshop, while not exactly feeling joyful, I'm ready to rejoice a little. Why? Because this weekend I'm about half-way done with the icon of St. Anne, Mary the Mother of God and Jesus that I began on March 4th.
Which is to say, I've finished the garments, the gilding, gold assist and the highlighting of the roundel that symbolizes the heavens (and the Virgin's womb which contained the One through whom the cosmos was made.) Still more wretched faulting of the gold to finish. But being back in the studio, even feeling as sad as I find myself most days, and getting things done, is such a grace and a blessing. To God be the glory!
Now on to the faces.