The third Sunday in Advent, so named from the opening word of the Introit in the Mass, “Gaudete” (Rejoice). When obtainable, rose-colored vestments are used, to symbolize the fact that the penitential observances of the season are suspended for the day in order to rejoice in the Redemption which is so near at hand.
- “Gaudete Sunday”. . CatholicSaints.Info. 18 August 2010. Web. 3 May 2015. <http://catholicsaints.info/gaudete-sunday/>