Gaudete- An excuse to be Joyful.

This is the Advent wreath in our church. Eagle eyed folks might have spotted that there are three purple candles (purple is the colour for Advent in church terms, representing  Kingdom season), one white candle (for Christmas Day) and lurking in the back, one pink candle.

We lit the pink candle yesterday - it was the third Sunday in Advent, otherwise known as Gaudete Sunday. Remember that hit from Steeleye Span? No? Hmm, well I am quite old.

Anyway, Gaudete is Latin for Joy and this week Christians are encouraged to be extra-specially joyful about that special baby's birthday.

Any excuse for a bit of joy I reckon, especially with so many sad and bad stories in the news. So I thought I'd share my pictures from church this week and hope that Christian or not you will have an extra joyful week.

This post is linked with #magicmoments run by the joyful Jaime and #whatsthestory run by an equally joyful Charly. Click the buttons for more great blog posts and pictures.

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  1. A joyful week to you too. I've not heard of purple candles before. #MagicMoments

  2. I remember it - as soon as I saw the title I started singing it in my head :)
    I'm agnostic veering towards atheist, but was brought up in a church school and we had red candles although I the bigger Church next door where we went once a week had purple :)

  3. What a wonderful post Afra and nice to see some joy being spread around. I've not heard of purple candles before but they're very pretty! We have POD's birthday on Christmas Day so I'm sure we'll be very joyful! Thank you so much for sharing with #whatsthestory

  4. Lovely post Afra, spreading a little joy is to be encouraged, whatever your beliefs. This really made me smile x #WhatstheStory #MagicMoments

  5. Thankyou for your lovely comments. Charly it's my mum's birthday on the 25th too! Glad I'm not the only one who remembers Steeleye Span and happy I'm making readers smile and sing! xxx

  6. Beautiful photos (and snow!) and really interesting to read about this. I'm not really a religious person, but I'm certainly starting to feel the joy of Christmas now (I don't like to start too early though!).

  7. Afra this is beautiful and so informative too as i didnt know half of this!!

    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments x

  8. Brilliant story! I was wondering about the fifth candle, first time I hear about this tradition. Lovely photos too. xx


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