Dec 14, 2007

Gaudete Sunday is this Sunday, December 16

As we know, this Sunday, the third Sunday in Advent, is Gaudete Sunday. We are to rejoice that "the Lord is nigh."

As the old Catholic Encyclopedia (click on this post's title) and other sources explain, Gaudete Sunday takes its name from the first word of the verse in St. Paul's Epistle to the Philippians: Gaudete in Domino semper: Iterum dico, gaudete. (Rejoice in the Lord always: Again I say, rejoice.)

Liturgy professor Father Edward McNamara wrote in 2004:

"...From all this it is clear that the custom of using rose-colored vestments on Gaudete and Laetare Sundays is to be maintained whenever possible...Rose, which has never enjoyed frequent use, serves as a reminder, by using an unusual color, that we are halfway through a penitential season."

If the priest in your parish follows tradition and wears pink vestments this Sunday, be sure to thank him -- and please let ole Q here know he wore them.

Gaudete in Domino semper!


Blogger Joe of St. Thérèse said...

Rejoice, as I do bring good tidings. While the Mass I went to in the afternoon, the priest didn't wear pink vestements, the Mass I went to in the morning, Fr. did wear pink vestements.

10:23 PM  
Blogger Gibbons J. Cooney said...


At SS Peter and Paul in SF, the Priest celebrating the 8:45 Sunday Mass did. And he made clear: it's rose NOT pink!

5:16 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Joe of St. Therese,

Thanks for the good news about the padre who wore rose vestments!

The padre who said Mass at our parish wore rose vestments, too.

You mention going to a second Mass on Sunday. It's a good practice that people should try once ina while!

5:26 PM  
Blogger Joe of St. Thérèse said...

Yeps, definately I always promote going to Mass twice at least once a Month. The graces that come from being at Mass are far to great to pass up.

9:29 PM  
Blogger StarbucksMom... said...

Fr. Eugene Herbert, of Annunciation Catholic Church in Arcadia, CA, wore his rose vestments on Sunday. I hope he doesn't get in trouble! It was a beautiful homily too!!

8:28 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Gibbons,

Thanks for the good news!

Merry Christmas!

8:47 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Starbucksmom,

Thanks for the good news about Father Herbert wearing rose vestments on Gaudete Sunday and giving a great sermon!

Merry Christmas!

8:48 PM  

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