Sunday, 11 December 2016

Advent 30 Day Retreat: Third Sunday of Lent – Gaudete Sunday

Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.
By Susanne Timpani
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. John 3:16

Gaudete Sunday is derived from the Latin word "Rejoice". It was also known as "Rose Sunday" and the "Sunday of joy".
In churches that have an Advent wreath, the rose coloured candle is lit in addition to two of the violet coloured candles, which represent the first two Sundays of Advent.
Instead of fretting about all we still haven't done to prepare for Christmas, today we think of all the good things God has given us.
The most blessed gift of all is the gift of eternal life, through the baby Jesus.