Gaudete Sunday is the mid point of the Advent fasting season. In the Catholic Church every Sunday is a Feast day and you are not allowed to fast on a feast day. This is why Lent is 46 days rather than 40 days.
For Advent the mid-point Sunday is taken a step further and is a day of rejoicing. Advent is about the anticipation of Christmas, building the excitement, like a queue for a ride in Disneyworld. Gaudete is the latin for “rejoice”. To symbolise the lighter atmosphere the rose coloured candle in the Advent wreath is lit in the church on this day. Next week it goes back to the violet candles of discipline.
Gaudete in Domino semper: iterum dico, gaudete.
Modestia vestra nota sit omnibus hominibus: Dominus enim prope est.
Nihil solliciti sitis: sed in omni oratione petitiones vestræ innotescant apud Deum.
Benedixisti Domine terram tuam: avertisti captivitatem Jacob.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice.
Let your forbearance be known to all, for the Lord is near at hand;
have no anxiety about anything, but in all things, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God.
Lord, you have blessed your land; you have turned away the captivity of Jacob.