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Gaudete Week

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.

Gaudete Week

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 Grace 

All 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
will bestow.

So this week we light a third  candle. Three candles, going from expectation, to longing, to joy. They represent our inner preparation, or inner perspective. In this world of “conflict and division,” “greed and lust for power,” we begin each day this week with a sense of liberating joy. Perhaps we can pause, breathe deeply and say,

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my saviour.

Each day this week, we will continue to go through our everyday life, but we will experience the difference our faith can bring to it. We are confident that the grace we ask for will be given us. We will encounter sin – in our own hearts and in our experience of the sin of the world. We can pause in those moments, and feel the joy of the words,

You are to name him Jesus,
because he will save his people
from their sins.   
Mt 1:21

We may experience the Light shining into dark places of our lives and showing us patterns of sinfulness, and inviting us to experience God’s mercy and healing. Perhaps we wish to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation this week. We may want to make gestures of reconciliation with a loved one, relative, friend or associate. With more light and joy, it is easier to say, “I’m sorry; let’s begin again.”

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.”

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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.