Celebrating Laetare Sunday at Home

The Fourth Sunday of Lent is called Laetare Sunday. Laetare means “rejoice.” The name comes from the entrance antiphon for the Mass: “Rejoice, Jerusalem, and all who love her. Be joyful, all who were in mourning; exult and be satisfied at her consoling breast” (cf. Is 66:1011).

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God Rejoices Over You

3rd Sunday of Advent (C)

The third Sunday of Advent is known as¬†Gaudete Sunday, after the first word of the Entrance Antiphon for the Mass: “Gaudete in Domino semper…¬†Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Indeed the Lord is near.” This verse is taken from St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians, which is also the second reading for this Sunday.

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