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Gaudete Sunday-Pink Vestments?

Q. Why, on the Third Sunday of Advent, are the priest’s vestments pink, and the third candle in the Advent wreath as well?

A. The color is actually designated by the Church as rose rather than pink. That brighter color signifies joy in the midst of what is otherwise traditionally considered a somber penitential season. (Unfortunately, the secular culture around us tends to treat the weeks leading up to Christmas as an extended party time instead.)