Third Sunday of ADVENT
There is a shift from adoring “The Lord Who is to come”,
to worshipping with joy “The Lord Who is now nigh and close at hand”.
The name GAUDETE derives from the first word of this Sunday’s Introit of the Mass from Phil 4:4-5 ... At the heart, it is a command...
"Gaudete in Domino semper" ("Rejoice in the Lord always")
Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I say, rejoice. Indeed the Lord is near.
"Draw near to Christ, present among usin His Word and in the Eucharist, and...rejoicein the knowledge that He remains with usat every moment of our livesand throughout history."
Pope Benedict XVIDecember 9, 2009, General Audience
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