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Gaudete Sunday: Real Men Wear Pink

15 December 2013

Posted by Kevin M. Clarke at his blog,
“The Charcoal Fire”

Happy Gaudete Sunday! It’s the day we light the pink candle in Advent. The name comes from the Latin of Phil. 4:4-5, which is the entrance antiphon for the Mass. Gaudete in Domino semper: iterum dico gaudete. Modestia vestra nota sit omnibus hominibus: Dominus prope est.

For any whose Latin is rusty, gaudete means “Rejoice you (pl.) in the Lord always…” For my readers in Pittsburgh, gaudete, “Rejoice, y’ins!” My people in Virginia, “Rejoice, y’all!” “Rejoice, youse guys” in New York. (NB: unofficial translations of Sacred Scripture.)

The original language of Philippians was Greek, and in the Greek the word is χαίρετε, which reminds us of the angelic greeting to Our Lady, in which Gabriel addressed the Virgin saying χαῖρε Rejoice (sing.)!

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