The “Gaudete” or Joy Candle

Who knew that Philippians 4: 4-6 could sound so beautiful in song? The third Sunday in advent is known as Gaudete Sunday–named after the first Latin word in the service:

Gaudete in Domino semper: iterum dico, gaudete. Modestia vestra nota sit omnibus hominibus: Dominus enim prope est. Nihil solliciti sitis: sed in omni oratione et obsecratione cum gratiarum actione petitiones vestræ innotescant apud Deum. Benedixisti Domine terram tuam: avertisti captivitatem Jacob.

Translated:

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Let your forbearance be known to all, for the Lord is near at hand; have no anxiety about anything, but in all things, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God. Lord, you have blessed your land; you have turned away the captivity of Jacob.” Philippians 4:4–6; Psalm 85 (84):1

The Gaudete Carol is an ancient one, dating back to at least the 16th century. May we rejoice, as Paul says to in Philippians, in Christ and all His gifts to us this season!

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