Third Sunday of Advent

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AKA NameGaudete Sunday
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2023 Date17 December 2023
Third Sunday of Advent

Third Sunday of Advent History

Advent is a four-week period where Christians prepare for Christmas, the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. For some Christian denominations, this period is also a celebration of the possible return of Christ via his Second Coming. The Third Sunday of Advent represents joy.

A tradition in many churches is to light one of four Advent candles for each week of Advent. The candle for the Third Sunday of Advent is either rose-colored or pink. It symbolizes joy. The Third Sunday of Advent is typically observed by praying, fasting, and doing good deeds.

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Third Sunday of Advent Facts & Quotes

  • The Third Sunday of Advent is also known as Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete means rejoice in Latin. The origin of Gaudete Sunday comes from the bible verse Philippians 4:4: Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Indeed the Lord is near.
  • A theme surrounding the Third Sunday of Advent is joy. Theologian and priest Henri Nouwen described joy as, the experience of knowing that you are unconditionally loved and that nothing-sickness failure, emotional distress, war, or even death- can take that love away.
  • Priests normally wear purple garments but on Gaudete Sunday the church lightens the mood, thus allowing priests to wear rose colored garments.

Third Sunday of Advent Top Events and Things to Do

  • Pray and rejoice with joyfulness. The Third Sunday represents joy, an emotion that can be experienced through God's love.
  • Listen to a liturgical podcast. Here is one suggestion: 3rd Sunday of Advent with Ken Canedo.
  • Watch a video of last year's Holy Mass Third Sunday of Gaudete featuring Pope Francis. Click Here.

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