Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Gaudete Sunday

Can you believe that this Sunday is already Gaudete Sunday, the start of the third week of Advent?

During Advent we use the color purple to remind ourselves of preparing for Jesus to come at Christmas. But on the third Sunday of Advent, you might have a little surprise when you come to Mass and see the priest wearing pink!

Pink, or rose, is a color of joy. On the third Sunday of Advent we are over halfway through the season and drawing closer to the celebration of Christmas. We rejoice because our waiting is almost over!

The third Sunday of Advent even has a special name; it is called Gaudete (pronounced gow-DAY-tay) Sunday. Gaudete is from Latin and means “to rejoice.” It is the first word of the entrance antiphon for Mass on Gaudete Sunday, and the readings that day are all about joy.

We thought your children might like to color their own rose chasuble for Gaudete Sunday! This coloring page is complete with a little catechesis on Gaudete Sunday as well as the symbolism of the chasuble. You can print it here:

You may also like our design-an-Advent-chasuble page too, which you can find here:

My niece and a couple of my nephews designed a few samples for us, and I think that they did a great job!

And you can read more about Gaudete Sunday and other Advent traditions in All about Advent & Christmas: Sharing the Seasons of Hope & Wonder with Children. These coloring pages were made in cooperation with Shari Van Vranken of Catholic Paper Goods using artwork from our new book!

You can find it at The St. Paul Center here or on Amazon here. It's also available as an ebook in both places if that's more your style! 

And you can find all of the free resources linked in this post:

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