Following on from the Jewish understanding that the day starts in the evening some Christian traditions consider the evening services to be the first of the following day – hence Midnight Mass is the first service of Christmas, not the last of Christmas Eve and therefore the last of Advent. Since the sun has long set on Saturday we might now say that Gaudete Sunday is upon us, the third Sunday in Advent, the Sunday in Advent it is traditional in some places and faith communities to have pink vestments and church textiles, and to light a pink candle. Sadly I don’t have a pink stole to wear tomorrow, but I will be wearing a cardigan with pink on – and I have changed the background of the blog to pink too! Gaudete is Latin for rejoice, and on this day is linked to the Advent them of joy. To mark it, here’s synth-pop duo Erasure’s current version of the ancient Christmas carol “Gaudete, gaudete! Christus et natus”:


About MendipNomad

I'm a nomad both physically and denominationally, but I'll always call the Mendips home. Currently a Methodist Presbyter (Minister) in Cornwall. I love sport, film, tv, socialising, politics (both US and British), and, yes, being part of the church.
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