The third Sunday in Advent, also referred to as Gaudete Sunday, takes on a tone slightly different from the others: It is a symbol of joy, hence, the more festive rose color.
In Latin, the word “guadete” means rejoice.
The theme of Guadete Sunday is captured from the very beginning of the service with its opening scripture from Philippians 4:4-5: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.”