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Follow the 💜 The third Sunday of Advent 2020
The third Sunday in Advent is known as Gaudete Sunday. The term Gaudete refers to the first word of the Entrance Antiphon, “Rejoice”. Rose vestments are worn to emphasize our joy that Christmas is near, and we also light the rose candle on our Advent wreath.
💜During this time, ask for the light of the Holy Spirit to guide and inspire you. Pray for a very special grace to commune with God and experience true joy.
Take a few moments and close your eyes, preparing yourself to listen to what God may be saying to you during this prayer. As you sit with your eyes closed, use these or similar words: “My soul rejoices in my God, My Soul rejoices in my God” “I ask for the grace to commune with You and experience true joy”.
When you are ready, open your eyes and focus on the scripture.
💜Pray with the weekly scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise the words of prophets, but test everything; hold fast to what is good; abstain from every form of evil.
“May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this.”
💜Review of Prayer
1. What word of God touched me the most?
2. Consider where I felt Joy in this passage, enjoy that secret place of prayer.
3. Consider how God brings me true joy and peace.
If possible, write in a journal about the answer that seems most significant. Formulate it in a prayer of petition or thanksgiving. These same questions can be used in the faith-sharing group or in spiritual conversation with another.
💜Concluding Prayer -Adapted from Romans 15:13
Heavenly Father, you have given me breath for today and a promise to bring me through whatever I may walk through tomorrow. Thank you for your son Jesus, who is the reason I can live with joy in the battles, and have peace that is unexplainable to the world. God of hope, fill me with all joy and peace as I trust in You, so that I may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.