Tag: Gaudete Sunday

Advent week three: Answering the call to joy

Advent week three: Answering the call to joy

| December 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

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Advent week three: ‘I shall say it again: Rejoice!’

Advent week three: ‘I shall say it again: Rejoice!’

| Harry J. Dudley | December 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

What I love about the Advent season is that it captures the mixed reality of our lives. Our moments of joy and sorrow are often closely woven together.

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Be joyful that God is always in control

Be joyful that God is always in control

| Deacon Jeremy Bock | December 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

As we prepare to celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, we are reminded of our joy in waiting for the coming of Christ. We have cause for rejoicing in the Lord and his never-failing fidelity to his people that he will come again to gather us to himself for all eternity.

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Advent Week 3 – Prayer and reflection for busy households

Advent Week 3 – Prayer and reflection for busy households

| December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

The following Advent wreath prayer is intended to help busy households make Advent a prayerful time during the rush of Christmas preparations. The language is fairly simple, intended to be used for personal prayer and reflection or by groups of adults or adults with children. Options are noted to allow for participation by a variety of members of a household.

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A spirit of rejoicing, a spirit of gratitude

A spirit of rejoicing, a spirit of gratitude

| Deacon Adam Laski | December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Each year we celebrate Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete means “to rejoice.” In the second reading, we are given the simple command by Christ through his servant St. Paul, “Rejoice always.” These words are part of St. Paul’s final advice to the Thessalonian church in his first letter. He leaves them with a simple theme, which forms the context for the third Sunday of Advent.

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Give the gift of love

Give the gift of love

| Father Michael Van Sloun for The Catholic Spirit | December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

As we shift into Christmas preparation mode, we start to think about what gifts we’ll give our family and friends. But where did the practice of giving gifts at Christmastime come from? What are the spiritual foundations to this long-standing Christmas tradition?

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Third Sunday of Advent — A deep place of prayer

Third Sunday of Advent — A deep place of prayer

| December 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Third Sunday of Advent — Dec. 15

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We light a special wreath candle this week as a sign of joy

We light a special wreath candle this week as a sign of joy

| December 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

Today begins the third week of the season of Advent, so we are halfway to Christmas! As we prepare our hearts for the birth of Christ and for the second coming of the Lord, we light three candles, including a special one of a different color.

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