The third week of Advent is one of joy and rejoicing
The third week of Advent is one of Joy and rejoicing and the article below provides us with helpful ways of starting our days in joy.
The third Sunday of Advent is known as “Gaudete Sunday.” Gaudete means “rejoice” in Latin. . The spirit of joy that begins this week comes from the words of Paul, “The Lord is near.” This joyful spirit is marked by the third candle of our Advent wreath, which is rose colour, and the rose colour vestments often used at the Eucharist.
Preparing our Hearts and asking for GraceAll of Advent is a period of preparation and this week we prepare by feeling the joy. We move through this week feeling a part of the waiting world that rejoices because our longing has prepared us to believe the reign of God is close at hand. And so we consciously ask:
Prepare our hearts
and remove the sadness
that hinders us from feeling
the joy and hope
which his presence
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my saviour.
You are to name him Jesus,
because he will save his people
from their sins. Mt 1:21
Each night this week we want to pause in gratitude. Whatever the day has brought, no matter how busy it has been, we can stop, before we fall asleep, to give thanks for a little more light, a little more freedom to walk by that light, in joy.”
Taken from: http://jesusisthereason4theseason.com/?p=459
Prayer for the week
As we prepare for the coming of our saviour, may the joy of this time fill our hearts and our actions. May we rejoice in your love God knowing that you are ever present in our lives and may we open our hearts with humility and trust to your word that you bestow upon us as a gift.Amen.