Gaudete Sunday

GAUDETE SUNDAY The third Sunday of Advent is known as “Gaudete Sunday.” In the readings, we hear of miracles associated with the Messianic age, its coming, and what we need to do to prepare. Why Gaudete Sunday? Its name is taken from the entrance antiphon of the Mass, which is: Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Indeed, the Lord is near. This is a quotation from Philippians 4:4-5, and in Latin, the first word of the antiphon is gaudete (Latin, “rejoice”) Advent is the season of preparing for the arrival of the Lord Jesus (both his first coming and his second coming), and by the third Sunday of Advent, we are most of the way through the season. Thus, it is appropriate to rejoice as we see the goal of the season approaching: “The Lord is near.” In this mass the liturgical colour rose may be used.