This Sunday actually has a name.
It’s called Gaudete Sunday. And a very big $3 prize for whoever got that word right.
For those of you new to this blog, welcome. We’ve been taking a look at Advent (the season of anticiption) this month, with a few sidebars along the way.
If Advent is a bit new to you, here’s the deal. This coming Sunday, churches and homes around the world will light the third candle in that pretty Advent wreath.
If you’re into colors and symbolism of the season, the last two candles that were lit during the past two Sundays, were purple.
This week? A rose colored candle will be lit.  This is called the JOY candle.
But, back to Gaudete. You will find that it comes from the latin phrase
“Gaudete in Domino semper” – translation: Rejoice in the Lord always.
Thus our candle of Joy.
[You Marines caught that word Semper, at least? Semper Fi = Always Faithful.]
Anyway…in certain High Church environments, the priest will even change from his purple vestments of the past two weeks into rose colored ones. The church as a whole will move from a season of fasting and repentance into one of joy.
So, if you see any of these symbols or colors in wreaths this coming weekend, you will certainly feel more “in the know”.  If anything, that will put a smile on your face. And if you have a moment, why not read Luke Chapter 2.
Just my thoughts,