On the Third Sunday of Advent - called "Gaudete Sunday" in reference to the introit traditionally sung at the Mass of the day, which begins, "Gaudete in Domino semper", Pope Francis prayed the traditional Angelus with the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square, beneath the window of the Papal apartments in the Apostolic Palace. We bring you the full text of the remarks the Holy Father prepared for the faithful, to be read ahead of the prayer.
FULL TEXT of Pope Francis at Angelus on Gaudete
Over the last Sundays, the liturgy has underlined what it means to be in a vigilant attitude and what concretely involves preparing the way of the Lord. On this third Sunday of Advent, called the "Sunday of Joy", the liturgy invites us to grasp the spirit with which all of this takes place, that is – joy.
This is Jesus, the envoy of the Father who comes, as Isaiah underlines, "to bring the good news to the poor, to bind the wounds of broken hearts, to proclaim the freedom of slaves, the release of prisoners, to promulgate the year of grace of the Lord "(61,1-2). These words, which Jesus will make his own in the discourse of the synagogue of Nazareth (cf. Lk 4: 16-19), clarify that His mission in the world consists in the liberation from the personal and social sin and slavery that it produces. He came to earth to give back to men the dignity and freedom of the children of God, which only He can communicate.