Happy Gaudete Sunday!

Today, the Third Sunday of Advent, is Gaudete Sunday, a day in Advent when we take time to rejoice in the fact that the Birth of Christ is almost here. It takes its name from the first word of today’s Introit (“gaudete” is Latin for “rejoice”) and is notable because it is one of the two times in the entire Liturgical Year when the priest wears rose-colored vestments (the other time being Latarae Sunday in Lent). It was also the inspiration behind the popular medieval Christmas carol “Gaudete”, which just so happens to be one of my favorite seasonal songs.

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