This Sunday will be the Third Sunday of Advent, commonly called Gaudete Sunday, from the first word of the Opening Prayer of today’s mass: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say rejoice!”
We're now halfway through the Advent Season – a time of waiting and preparation to celebrate birth of Jesus. As the third (rose) candle of the Advent wreath is lit, you might notice that your priest and deacon are also wearing rose-colored rose vestments. And no, it is not pink…it's rose!
What better time of the liturgical year for me to rejoice (I think!) as I launch my blog, Teach What You Believe. These are the words I heard as I held the Book of Gospels during my ordination as a permanent deacon in the Diocese of Trenton.
Receive the Gospel of Christ,
whose herald you have become.
Believe what you read,
teach what you believe,
and practice what you teach.
So, indeed, Gaudete…Rejoice!
My hope is that this blog is different from others you read. I'm planning to share instances where the sacred and secular meet and examples of how the gospel is working in daily life. At times I'll provide the chuckle we all need.
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