Gaudete Sunday

 … is the third Sunday of Advent in the liturgical calendar of the Western Church, including the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, the Lutheran Churches, and other mainline Protestant churches. It can fall on any date from 11 December to 17 December. On Gaudete Sunday rose-coloured vestments may be worn instead of violet, (or…

The Meaning of the Advent Candles

Over at Euangelion: Why are there so many different themes attached to the four Advent Candles (purple and pink). A survey of websites and books on Advent surface a number of options. Does anyone know why there are so many different traditions? Is there a source that has researched this phenomenon? Here’s just are some…

Happy New Year

As Advent begins: On this First Sunday of Advent: Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he…

This Is True, and Not Just in the USA

Wherein Fr Z reflects: The Roman historian Livy wrote about the terminal decline of the Roman Republic that “Nec vitia nostra nec remedia pati possumus… We can bear neither our vices nor the remedies.” Alas, I fear that our vices have called forth precisely the leaders that reflect those vices.  The vices feed the leaders, and…