The third candle of advent: Joy

December 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

The third Sunday of advent celebrates the lighting of the Candle of Joy, or the Gaudete Candle. Gaudete is a Latin word meaning “Rejoice!” For Christians, this is a Sunday for experiencing the joy of the Lord’s promises, the joy that will come with the Christ-child’s birth, and the joy of His ultimate salvation of the world.

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Let your forbearance be known to all, for the Lord is near at hand; have no anxiety about anything, but in all things, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God. Lord, you have blessed your land; you have turned away the captivity of Jacob.” – Philippians 4:4–6; Psalm 85:1.

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