Gaudéte In Dómino Semper
Posted by james0235 on December 16, 2007
Today is the 3rd Sunday of Advent, also known as Gaudéte Sunday. The term Gaudéte Sunday comes from today’s Mass:
Gaudéte in Dómino semper: íterum dico, gaudéte.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say rejoice!
This is taken from the Introit (Entrance Antiphon) for the Mass of the Roman Rite in both it’s Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms. It is part of the 2nd Reading in the Ordinary Form of Mass in Year C. And it is also part of the Epistle in the Extraordinary Form of Mass every year.
Unfortunately, since most priests seem to replace the Entrance Antiphon with a hymn (a valid option in the U.S. according to GIRM 48) and since it is only a part of the Readings in the Ordinary Form in Year C that means that a majority of Catholics will not hear the reason for the name Gaudéte Sunday this year (Year A).
Gaudéte Sunday happens to be one of only 2 days during the Liturgical Year (the other being the 4th Sunday of Lent – Laetáre Sunday) in which Rose-colored vestments may be used instead of the typical Violet-colored vestments (GIRM 346).