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Advent III, 2013

posted Dec 13, 2013, 4:30 PM by Rochester Ordinariate   [ updated Dec 14, 2013, 5:52 AM ]
Sunday, December 15, 2013 
Advent III, Gaudete Sunday 
(It is Rose, not pink) 
Sung mass, 3pm, Good Shepherd church 
Coffee hour following 

Music for the day:

Processional: 11 "The King shall come when morning dawns" (St Stephen)
Sequence: 6 "Creator of the stars of night", v. 4-5 (Conditor alme)
Offertory: 3 "Wake, awake, for night is flying" (Wachet auf)
Recessional: 2 "O come, O come Emmanuel", v. 5-6 (Veni Emmanuel)
Organ voluntary: Prelude and Fugue in C (J. S. Bach)

Reading for the day are linked here.

The name Gaudete comes from the Introit for the day:

Introit. Phil. 4:4-6. Gaudete.
Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men: for the Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing: but in every thing by prayer let your requests be made known unto God. § Ps. 85:1.Lord, thou art become gracious unto thy land: thou hast turned away the captivity of Jacob. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Rejoice in the Lord alway . . . §

We light the rose candle on the advent, and the color for the vestments and altar settings is Rose, signifying a lightening of the advent fast, and the nearing of Christmas.  

In my own family, the day marks the time when the relentless campaign from the children to begin decorating for Christmas will finally begin to be listened to.

We also ask for your prayers for Fr. Cornelius's upcoming surgery.  This Sunday will be his last mass for the fellowship before the surgery, and we will pray evensong on Sunday until his recovery.  While previously he had hoped that we would have mass on Christmas Day at St. Bridget's church, Father now believes this will not be feasible.  

[Update:  This homily by Fr. David Allen is excellent].