Today is the first day of December and the meteorological first day of winter – it certainly feels like it today! This Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent. The name “Advent” comes from the Latin meaning “coming.” Jesus is coming, and Advent is intended to be a season of preparation for His arrival. While we typically regard Advent as a joyous season, it is also intended to be a period of preparation. Prayer, penance and fasting are appropriate during this season.
The purple color associated with Advent is also the color of penance.
The color of the Third Sunday of Advent is rose. This color symbolizes joy and represents the happiness we will experience when Jesus comes again. The Third Sunday is a day of anticipatory celebration. It is formerly called “Gaudete” Sunday; gaudete means “rejoice” in Latin.