Monday, December 14, 2009

More on rose vestments...and Gaudate Sunday

Advent has the characteristics of a penitential season which makes it a kind of counterpart to Lent, the middle (or third) Sunday corresponding with Laetare or Mid-Lent Sunday. On Gaudete Sunday, as on Laetare Sunday, the rose-coloured vestments are allowed instead of purple . All these distinguishing marks help us remember that Gaudete Sunday, therefore, makes a breaker like Laetare Sunday, about midway through a season which is otherwise of a penitential character, and signifies the nearness of the Lord's coming.

We recall the hope we have because of the coming of Jesus.
In Advent, we not only celebrate the first coming of our Lord, but eagerly prepare for His Second Coming as well.

What are we unschoolers doing today, after a busy Gaudete Sunday with Mass, installation of our new parish priest, morning tea at the parish and carols at the oval in the parish last night? Well, we went to bed after midnight, after clean up after carols and after midnight snacks with others at Macdonalds.

Today I went to early mass...we have done junk mail delivery..been to the post office and made phone calls.....we are sharing the readings from the 1962 missal for Gaudate Sunday..the kids are putting up the Christmas tree, something we always do mid Advent..I am doing Kumon work and preparation...we all work at Kumon and have a parent meeting..and we hope to make Santa Lucia bread.

Who needs school???

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