Similar to the Lenten season's Lautare Sunday, Gaude Sunday is "Joyful" during our Advent time of penance and anticipation. The joy of the Lord is our strength (Neh. 8:10) and this Sunday and week of Advent we look to that strength and joy with confidence in the coming of our Lord and Savior. We light the third candle, the pink one, with joy in our hearts. Again, Advent is a time of preparation for the coming of the Lord. We celebrate the culmination of Advent in the Christ Mass and at the same time our readings and teachings are about the Second Coming of Christ. Let us not lose sight of the true meaning of Christ Mass.
Jesus Christ came to us in a manger and just before He died on the Cross for our sins, He gave us the Mass.
Jesus Christ comes to us still, in every valid Mass.
Jesus Christ will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead.
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