Rose Sunday (Gaudete Sunday). Today, the Third Sunday of Advent, is frequently called Rose Sunday, for the color of the vestments worn by the Celebrant. (We also light the rose-colored candle in our Advent Wreath today.) Rose Sunday, like its counterpart in Lent (Laetare Sunday, the Fourth Sunday in Lent) brings about a temporary relaxation of the rigors of the season, with less austerity in the choice of colors, Altar adornment, music, and Eucharistic Lectionary readings. The Third Sunday of Advent is also known as Gaudete Sunday, a name derived from the Introit appointed for the day, which begins, in Latin, Gaudete in Domino semper, “Rejoice in the Lord always.”
Advent Conspiracy—Are we beginning to relax and look forward to celebrating the most beautiful promise of a Savior with more thoughtful prayers and more kindness to others as we share the joy of this season by remembering what it is really all about? Next Sunday, December 23, will be the ingathering or our little gifts of our savings in order to share a little hope and Christmas with persecuted Christians in Northern Iraq. They need to know that they are not forgotten. Make your check to Holy Apostles with memo to Love for the Least and it all goes for this mission in the form of a meal, a blanket, and a small toy or treat for each child. Please see the poster in the Parish Hall.
Keeping Advent & Christmas booklets are on the Narthex table.
Praying for the Persecuted Church At this short time left in our Advent season, let us be reminded of the faithful Christians around the world trying to remain hopeful of the promise of the Christmas message in the midst of their despair and suffering. It is so easy for us in our busyness to push aside our concerns. Most Christian groups try to observe this time of the church year as something very special as we do and unfortunately this is also the time the enemy works overtime to bring misery and despair to their lives. Let us pray many blessings for our fellow Christians and give them protection from those who would harm them.