Third Sunday of Advent: Gaudete Sunday

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This Sunday we celebrate Gaudete Sunday. The colour of the vestments and candle on the Advent wreath change from violet to rose. The Introit (Entrance Antiphon) for the Mass states, “Gaudete in Domino semper” (Rejoice in the Lord always). On the Third Sunday of Advent we are called to rejoice. In George Frederic Handel’s magnificent Oratorio, Messiah Part One, we […]

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Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary

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The Collect for the Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary time states, “Almighty and merciful God, by whose gift your faithful offer you right and praiseworthy service, grant, we pray, that we may hasten without stumbling to receive the things you have promised.” When we consider the Readings for this Sunday, we see that the last part of this prayer seems to […]

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