This third week of Advent is focused on the theme of Preparing the Way of the Lord~Joy! At this time, we remember the need for patience in those awaiting the rebirth of Jesus in their hearts and lives. To express our joy in the coming of Jesus as our Savior, we light the rose candle. Besides, this joyful spirit is marked by the third candle of our Advent wreath, which is ‘rose coloured,’ and the ‘rose coloured’ vestments are often used at the Eucharist, because they represent a lightening of the dark violet of the rest of the penitential season of Advent. They remind us of the colour of the sky at the very brink of morning, when the sun is just beginning to come up. The horizon takes on a pale rose colour that gradually gets redder and brighter as the sun rises. For faithful Christians, life is like a “long sunrise,” and death is the entrance into the bright, “everlasting day” of eternal life.
Have a blessed week.