This Sunday, we celebrate the 3rd Sunday of Advent which is frequently called Gaudete Sunday after the first word of the introit. This is one of only two days in the calendar where the celebrant is permitted to wear rose vestments. Rose is worn once during Advent and once during Lent to signify a brief respite from penance before plunging into the last weeks of the penitential season. Traditionally, this is a sign that our penance is almost over, but that it is also getting more intense. Therefore, the propers for this Mass emphasize joy and rest in Christ Who is to come.
Ant. Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice! Let your modesty be known to all men; for the Lord is at hand. Have no anxiety, but in everything let your petitions be made known to God by prayer.
V. Thou hast blessed, O Lord, Thy land; Thou hast averted the captivity of Jacob.
V. Glory be…
Ant. Thou hast blessed, O Lord, Thy land, and hast averted the captivity of Jacob. Thou hast forgiven the guilty of Thy people.
Ant. Say: Ye frightened men, be strong and fear not; behold our God shall come and shall save us.