Q. 1. What does "Gaudete Sunday" mean?
A. 1. The word "Gaudete" has its origin from the Latin language. It means "Rejoice." It is the first word of the Introit on the Third Sunday of Advent. For that reason, the Third Sunday of Advent is known at "Gaudete Sunday."
"Gaudete Sunday" is found in the Western Liturgical Calendar of the Roman Catholic Church, including some other religions. It generally falls on a date between December 11 th and 17 th.
"Gaudete Sunday" is known as the "Sunday of joy." It prepares us for the coming of Jesus in all of the following three ways:
A. We are to prepare ourselves to be worthy of celebrating the Christmas anniversary of the Lord's coming into the world as the incarnate God of love.
B. We are to prepare ourselves for the reception of Jesus in the Sacrament of Holy Communion and for our souls to become fitting abodes for the indwelling Presence of our Redeemer.
C. We are to prepare ourselves for the final coming of the Lord as our Judge, either at death or at the end of the world, whichever may come first.