As we are more than half way through Advent it is time to have a bit of celebration and to rejoice! Gaudete Sunday is traditionally the third Sunday in Advent, so named because the first line of the Latin introit today is "Gaudete in Domino semper" ("Rejoice in the Lord always") from Phillipians 4:4,5.
This is a moment in the penitential season of advent to take a break and relax for a moment before preparing for Christmas. In the Catholic Church priests change their liturgical dress from purple to rose vestments.
It seems fitting that this also is my final word for the week for 2014. Many schools up and down the land will be breaking up this week and so now really is a time for rejoicing! And for many also a time for revising...