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Saturday, December 16, 2006

Gaudete Sunday IT IS!

This is the third Sunday of Advent, when we all need to realize that our time of penance, prayers, fasting, and almsgiving is almost over. That is why the Church has the priest wear the ROSE colored vestments, and we light the ROSE colored candle. For the life of me I can't remember what this is called; Laetare or Gaudete Sunday are the two names that come to mind.

Anyways, it is at a time like this that we should take a spiritual break, stretching the soul and maybe take a short break from the rigors of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving for just a moment. I am not suggesting that we put our spiritual exercises on hold; rather, I recommend that we change the pace, step out of the norm, for a few minutes in order to return to our spiritual exercises with a bit more energy and perhaps a newer, fresher perspective.

Twenty-six years and seventy pounds ago, when I used to run cross country in high school, we would do something similar to this, where we would pick up the pace on a long run for maybe a mile or so, just to get the heart beating just a little bit faster.

With this in mind, I bring you this video, courtesy of our seperated brethren(actually sisters), which will hopefully revive your tired video watching souls and make you want to get off the computer and onto your knees instead.

Thanks to
Gerald Augustinus:

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antonia said...

was their local gym closed? looks like they decided to hold their aerobics class in church...

Roman Sacristan said...

That "skinnier" girl on the right in the white can't seem to stay with the others.
I also noticed the "presider" seems to be wearing a basketball jersey and one of those big clocks that Flava Flav used to wear.

And people wonder why men don't want to go to a lot of churches.

therese said...

It is Gaudete Sunday. It is named after the first word in the Introit in the 1962 Missal. "Gaudete in Domino semper..." "Rejoice in the Lord always..." Laetare Sunday is the 4th Sunday of Lent where the priests wear Rose. Laetare also means rejoice and is also named after the Introit. It falls right before Passion Sunday.

dadwithnoisykids said...

Thank you, Therese!

My wife knew it as well, but I didn't ask her first.

God Bless You!

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