Gaudete Sunday (English)

This Sunday is the 3rd Sunday of Advent, traditionally known as Gaudete Sunday from the first word of its entrance antiphon. On this Sunday, we come to the surface for a breath as we near the end of our penitential season. This Sunday is also the hinge between the two halves of Advent: the first half primarily focusing on the 2nd coming of Christ and the second half primarily focusing on the coming of Christ at Christmas.

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Entrance Antiphon:

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Indeed, the Lord is near.
— Roman Missal (3rd edition); cf. Phil. 4:4-5

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Offertory Antiphon:

O Lord, you have favored your land; you have restored the well-being of Jacob. You have forgiven the iniquity of your people.
— Roman Missal (3rd edition); cf. Ps. 84:2

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Communion Antiphon:

Say to the faint of heart: Be strong and do not fear. Behold, our God will come, and he will save us.
— Roman Missal (3rd edition); cf. Is. 35:4

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