Gaudete Sunday

[Pope Benedict XVI in rose vestments]

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.

MLA Citation

  • “Gaudete Sunday”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 18 August 2010. Web. 30 November 2015. <>