THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT(C)
DECEMBER 16, 2018
SHOUT FOR JOY!
I. THE READING
The First Reading exhorts the sorrowing to rejoice. It enumerates many reasons why we should rejoice: coming of the savior, no more misfortunes.
The Second Reading likewise exhorts Christians to rejoice, because the coming of the Lord is near.
And the Gospel does not explicitly exhort us to rejoice, but surely, if all of us do what Saint John the Baptist is telling us, there will be rejoicing, especially those who have not
II. OUR CONTEXT
1. Today is Gaudete Sunday. Make a list of reasons why you should be joyful. Share.
2. Today is also the start of Simbang Gabi.
3. Shared sorrow is half pain; shared joy is double bliss! Share
"When is Gaudete?Gaudete Sunday is the third Sunday of Advent. The date usually falls between December 11 to 17 each year. (See the Liturgical Calendar for Advent to find the date of Gaudete Sunday this year.)
"Where Does the Name Come From?The Introit for Gaudete Sunday, in both the Traditional Latin Mass and the Novus Ordo, is taken from Philippians 4:4,5: "Gaudete in Domino semper" ("Rejoice in the Lord always").
"Priest ClothingLike Lent, Advent is a penitential season, so the priest normally wears purple vestments. But on Gaudete Sunday, having passed the midpoint of Advent, the Church lightens the mood a little, and the priest may wear rose vestments. The change in color provides us with encouragement to continue our spiritual preparation—especially prayer and fasting—for Christmas.
"DecorFor this same reason of lightening the mood, the third candle of the Advent wreath, first lit on Gaudete Sunday, is traditionally rose-colored."