Certain Sundays throughout the liturgical year have taken their names from the first word in Latin of the Introit, the entrance antiphon at Mass. Gaudete Sunday is one of these.
Gaudete Sunday is a joyous celebration. Although it takes place during the usually penitential period of Advent, Gaudete Sunday serves as a mid-point break from the austere practices to rejoice in the nearness of Jesus’s return in three ways.
When is Gaudete?
Gaudete Sunday is the third Sunday of Advent. The date usually falls between December 11 to 17 each year. (See the Liturgical Calendar for Advent to find the date of Gaudete Sunday this year.)
Where Does the Name Come From?
The Introit for Gaudete Sunday, in both the Traditional Latin Mass and the Novus Ordo, is taken from Philippians 4:4,5: “Gaudete in Domino semper” (“Rejoice in the Lord always”).