“And they shall say in that day: Lo, this is our God, we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord, we have patiently waited for him, we shall rejoice and be joyful in his salvation.” (Isaiah 25:9)
The third Sunday in Advent is Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete means Rejoice and comes from the first word of the Introit at Mass.
We take this break in the middle of Advent to rejoice and be glad that the time of the Lord’s coming is near. The color of Advent changes from purple, the color of repentance, to rose.
As I stated in my first post on Advent this is a season of preparation for the coming of the Lord. We cleanse our hearts and minds in preparation of the coming Christ in the flesh. The Church in her wisdom places this Sunday in the middle of Advent to remind us that all our work and preparation is to contain an element of joy.
I like to compare this Sunday with a family awaiting the arrival of a loved one. In these days it is easy to think of our military families as they anticipate the homecoming at the end of a tour of duty. Gaudete Sunday is the news of their loved one and his/her unit landing on US soil. They know that their loved one will be home soon; the wait is almost over.
In these families the preparation does not stop when the loved one arrives in the States but intensifies and is filled with joy. We are called by the church on this Sunday to rejoice and intensify our preparation in anticipation of the coming Feast of the Nativity.
This morning my wife gave another great example in our awaiting the arrival of our daughter a little more than a year ago. She compared Gaudete Sunday to the early signs of labor and the sudden realization that the time was near for the arrival of our new baby. All our preparation took on new meaning and urgency as what we had been anticipating was approaching near.
I leave you with this advent treat as we approach the coming feast. Rejoice!!
Veni, veni Emanuel!
Captivum solve Israel!
Qui gemit in exilio,
Privatus Dei Filio.
Gaude, gaude, Emanuel
Nascetur pro te, Israel.
Veni, veni o oriens!
Solare nos adveniens,
Noctis depelle nebulas,
Dirasque noctis tenebras.
Veni, veni Adonai!
Qui populo in Sinai
Legem dedisti vertice,
In Maiestate gloriae.
O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
R: Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny
From depths of Hell Thy people save
And give them victory o’er the grave
O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.
Oh! Viens bientôt, Emmanuel!
Viens délivrer Ton Israël!
Dans notre angoisse et notre effroi
Nous soupirons après de Toi:
R: Seigneur! Sauveur!
A notre appel,
Oh! viens bientôt pour nous du ciel!
Oh! Viens bientôt, Soleil levant!
Viens éclairer nos cœurs croyants!
Dissipe notre obscurité,
Détruis la mort et le péché!
Oh! Viens bientôt, puissant Sauveur!
Viens triompher du séducteur,
Et nous ouvrir le seul chemin
Qui mène à Ton royaume saint.