Sunday, December 14, 2014

Third Sunday of Advent: Rejoice!

Third Sunday of ADVENT 
Gaudete Sunday
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”.

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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.

"We cannot be messengers of God's consolation
if we do not experience first the joy
of being consoled and loved by Him....
When we remain in prayerful silence in His presence,
when we meet Him in the Eucharist
or in the sacrament of Reconciliation.
All this consoles us!"

Pope Francis
December 7, 2014, Angelus address

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