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Gaudete (Latin for rejoice) is a Gregorian Introit chants for the Mass of the third Sunday of Advent and also the name for this Sunday of Advent.

Gaudete is also a Christmas song, composed in the 16th century. It was published in the Piae Cantiones, a collection of Finnish-Swedish hymns published in 1582.

The term ' Gaudete ' is taken from a verse from the Letter of Paul to the Philippians (4: 4), in which the Apostle Paul the community calls for joy:

Gaudete in Domino semper. Iterum dico: Gaudete!
Rejoice in the Lord. I tell you again: always be pleased! (New Bible Translation)

Just as on Laetare in the fasting time may the third Advent Sunday pink (= a mixture of purple and white) are used as liturgical color instead of purple where this is common.


Latin Dutch
Gaudete, iterum dico, gaudete in Domino semper. Rejoice in the Lord always, I repeat, rejoice!
Modestia vestra nota sit omnibus hominibus:

Enim Dominus prope EST. Nihil solliciti sitis: sed in omni oratione petitiones vestrae innotescant apud Deum.

That your modesty may be known to all people,

for the Lord is near. Be concerned nothing, but let all your desires to know God through prayer.

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