Rejoice! – Reflection for the Third Sunday in Advent 2017
Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice! Phil.4:-5
Gaudete Sunday, often times referred to as Rose Sunday. It marks the midpoint way of Advent and the time for penance is over and it is time for anticapation of what is coming.
I am the first to admit that the wearing of pink vestments is a stretch, but then I got to thinking, which is always a dangerous thing for me to do, and I asked the question, why pink?
It seems that in the ancient church on of the early popes gave a citizen a pink rose half way through the advent season, and caught on. Now the vestments for this important point in Advent are pink. Just as real men wear dresses so they also can wear pink.
Recent history note, this thing about pink being for girls and blue for boys is a very recent event, well within the last 100 years. Originally pink was for boys and blue for girls, my how things get turned around in modern society.
Gaudete finds its makeup in the Latin word of gaudium, meaning to rejoice or be glad. The Lord is coming! The first time I heard “Mary did you know” I was overwhelmed with emotion at the truth of the song. So, my question to you, members of the body of Christ at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, “Do you know?”
REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS, AND AGAIN I SAY REJOICE!!! NOW YOU KNOW!!!