Shopping Sunday

I got up early and went to church at 8 AM.  Something I rarely do.  I like to go to Mass on Saturday during the vigil.  I am not known as a morning person.  Worked too many years on night shift I guess. Anyway, I picked up my girlfriend Iris and we headed to Wilmington to do some shopping at Joanne’s.  I needed some buttons for a couple of table runners I made for gifts and needed a long length of Christmas fabric for my guild’s Christmas Party that is on Tuesday.

We stopped at Denny’s for breakfast first.  Oh it was so good.  I haven’t had breakfast food for ages. We both had the pumpkin pancakes.  Can I just tell you they were delicious.  They may have just slipped into the my favorite pancake spot.  So with full bellies we hit the Joanne’s store.

I found really nice fabric for the table cloth I need for the party.  Found my buttons, and picked up a few things I just had to have.  🙂

Of course it seems we can’t leave the house without hitting at least one food store.  I am however, so glad we did.  I picked up some lamb chops.  Oh my word, they were too good.  I haven’t had lamb for a long time.  Gary didn’t like lamb, so we never made it.  Once in a great while I would have it while out to dinner over the years.  I miss my mom’s Lamb and Turnips.  Now that was some good eating.

I only have 19 days to read 5 books if I want to meet my goal of reading 100 books for the year.  I just downloaded some Christmas themed books to finish out the year.  Think I’ll make it?

Gaudete Sunday

Gaudete Sunday is the Third Sunday of Advent. The Introit for Gaudete Sunday, in both the Traditional Latin Mass and the Novus Ordo, is taken from Philippians 4:4,5: “Gaudete in Domino semper” (“Rejoice in the Lord always”).

In the Catholic Church, Advent is a period of preparation, extending over four Sundays, before Christmas.  The word Advent comes from the Latin advenio, “to come to,” and refers to the coming of Christ. First to our celebration of Christ’s birth at Christmas; second, to the coming of Christ in our lives through grace and the Sacrament of Holy Communion; and finally, to His Second Coming at the end of time.  We should keep all three comings in mind as we prepare our souls to receive Christ worthily.

Traditionally the priest wears rose vestments on Gaudete Sunday to signify joy in passing the midpoint of our preparation for the coming of the Christ.  The candle we light on the third Sunday of Advent  is also rose colored.