THE THIRD WEEK OF ADVENT
THE POPE IN ROSE FOR
Gaudete may be broadly translated as "rejoice" or "delight" and refers to the importance of the theme of Christian joy, even in the midst of a penitential season, which is reflected in the formulas and readings of the Gaudete Mass.
O Come, Emanuel in Latin
Midway through the penitential season of Advent, the Church bids us to set aside for a moment our austerities and rejoice in Christ’s coming which is soon to be accomplished. This Sunday is marked with a spirit of joy, and we are even commanded to be joyful as we hear the entrance antiphon: Gaudete in Domino semper! – Rejoice in the Lord always!