Saturday, December 15, 2012

Rejoice in the Lord always

"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice! The Lord is near."

He is on the way.......are you ready?
This Sunday has been called Gaudete Sunday, after the Latin gaudere, to rejoice. And "rejoice" is a term that suits it well.

  O God, who see how your people faithfully await the feast of the lord's Nativity, enable us, we pray, to attain the joys of so great a salvation and to celebrate them always with solemn worship and glad rejoicing. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

The second reading is taken from Philippians 4:4-7:
  Brothers and sisters; rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your request known to God. Then the peace of God that surpassed all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
The coming of Christ at Christmas is getting closer and the the Liturgy is expressing its joyful anticipation with its readings and antiphons. We even use the color rose instead of the violet giving us a visual sign of the expectant joy that is coming soon.

So prepare the way of the Lord. Rejoice in the anticipation of the coming of the Lord now and always.

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