Today the Mass is Gaudete in Domino semper and in the midst of the Advent season the Church urges her children Rejoice in the Lord always. This beautiful introit of course gives us the name for today “Gaudete”, and it is taken from S. Paul’s letter to the Philippians, cap. 4:
Rejoice in the Lord always: again I say rejoice! Let your modesty be noted by all men: the Lord is near. Be not anxious: but by prayer make your petitions known to God.
Paul of course is on his way to his execution, and is writing to the Church in Philippi to cheer them. His joy in the Lord is secure – not founded on his temporal circumstances, but, as my Parish Priest said in his wonderful homily, on his closeness to Jesus Christ. The Collect for today is Aurem tuam:
Lend thine ear, we beseech Thee, O Lord, to our entreaty: and our minds, by Thy gracious visitation, enlighten: Who livest and reignest, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.