Gaudete in Domino semper!
The third Sunday in Advent is traditionally known as Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete is The Latin word for rejoice. Advent wreaths and church vestments switch from the seasonal purple to a rose color for this Sunday and it symbolizes the halfway point of Advent, thus the emphasis on rejoicing.
Advent is all about preparation, setting the mood for Christmas. Through the season, the practice of penitence, fasting and prayer accompany our preparation. Gaudete Sunday brings encouragement that the coming of the Lord is close and the season of advent will soon be over and the celebration of the Christ Mass will be here. Gaudete means to rejoice!
(16th century carol)
Gaudete, Gaudete! Christus et natus Ex maria virgine, Gaudete!
Tempus ad est gratiae, Hoc quod optabamus; Carmina laetitiae, Devote redamus
Deus homo factus est, Natura mirante; Mundus renovatus est A Christo regnante.
Ezechiellis porta Clausa pertransitur; Unde lux est orta Salus invenitur.
Ergo nostra cantio, Psallat iam in lustro; Benedicat Domino: Salus Regi nostro.
Rejoice, Rejoice! Christ is born Of the virgin Mary, Rejoice!
It is now the time of grace That we have desired; Let us sing songs of joy, Let us give devotion.
God was made man, And nature marvels; The world was renewed By Christ who is King.
The closed gate of Ezechiel Has been passed through; From where the light rises Salvation is found.
Therefore let our assembly now sing, Sing the Psalms to purify us; Let it praise the Lord: Greetings to our King.