The Seventeenth - Gaudete

The Seventeenth - Gaudete - Rejoice!

The Third Sunday in Advent is a pause in the season of waiting to one of rejoicing, awaiting the coming of the Lord. Gaudete being latin for rejoice, which is why we light a rose coloured candle.

There are a few versions of the famous carol dating from the 16th Century here, from Erasure, the King Singers and Steeleye Span. Which is your favourite?

Latin English
Gaudete, gaudete!
Christus est natus
Ex Maria virgine,

Rejoice, rejoice!
Christ is born
Of the Virgin Mary

Tempus adest gratiæ
Hoc quod optabamus,
Carmina lætitiæ
Devote reddamus.
The time of grace has come—
What we have wished for;
Songs of joy
Let us give back faithfully.
Deus homo factus est
Natura mirante,
Mundus renovatus est
A Christo regnante
God has become man,
With nature marvelling,
The world has been renewed
By the reigning Christ.
Ezechielis porta
Clausa pertransitur,
Unde lux est orta
Salus invenitur.
The closed gate of Ezekiel
Is passed through,
Whence the light is risen;
Salvation has been found.
Ergo nostra contio
Psallat iam in lustro;
Benedicat Domino:
Salus Regi nostro.
Therefore, let our assembly
Now sing in brightness
Let it bless the Lord:
Greetings to our King.


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