Newsletter for Sunday 11 December 2016

9 Dec

GAUDETE SUNDAY

This weekend we celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent which is also known as Gaudete Sunday or Rejoicing Sunday.  This title is taken from the words of the entrance antiphon: ‘Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say, rejoice! The Lord is near! ‘ (Philippians 4:4-5). This Antiphon  sets the tone for the entire liturgy today: our readings are exuberant, confident, and filled with hope, joy and the promise of a new and better life. They point to the coming of Jesus our Saviour. No wonder the church for this one day sheds its penitential purple of Advent, donning instead rose-coloured garments.

For the next few days, let us recall in a prayerful manner the words of the Alleluia verse: ‘The spirit of the Lord has been given to me. He has sent me to bring good news to the poor’.

Fr Philip Sainter

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