Gaudete Sunday- the pink candle

This coming Sunday, December 14, is Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday in Advent.  It gets its name from the Latin word gaudete meaning “rejoice”, and it was the first word in the Introit for this day’s Mass . It is on this Sunday that the rose colored candle in the Advent Wreath is lit, and one of two Sundays in which rose vestments (often appearing pink) may be worn.