Today is known as Gaudete Sunday. The term Gaudete refers to the first word of the Entrance Antiphon, "Rejoice". Rose vestments are worn to emphasize our joy that Christmas is near, and we also light the rose candle on our Advent wreath.This year the Third Sunday of Advent is on December 17. Because of this during the Liturgy of the Hours the readings and Antiphons for the Third Sunday of Advent are replaced with the O Antiphons. For the next eight days, an Octave in the Church calendar the O Antiphons will precede the Magnificant during Evening prayer (Vespers).
Sunday, December 17, 2006
From Catholic Culture