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Armenian genocide beckons for a new start in Turkey, historian says

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Pope Francis Condolence to Victims of Bus Crash in French

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Do the prophecies of St. Malachy suggest we are living in the end times?

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Pope Francis: ‘Encounter God’s mercy in Confession’

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What U.S. Hispanics Need to Hear About the Faith

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Pope Francis meets Venezuelan president in Vatican

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Why is rose used during Advent in the Advent wreath and vestments?

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Why is rose used during Advent in the Advent wreath and vestments?


Advent is a time of penance, and so the ordinary liturgical color for Advent is violet. On the third Sunday of Advent, which is also calledGaudete (Latin: “Rejoice”) Sunday, we recognize the joyful anticipation of the season that will culminate in the birth of Christ on Christmas by changing the liturgical color to rose. Rose is a “brightening” of the ordinary violet and thus symbolizes joy.


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