Q. I just visited an Episcopal church this Sunday, and both priests (a man and a woman) had pink vestments, and all the altar hangings were pink. Why?
A. This is a good question, especially when you’re used to seeing violet or blue during the rest of Advent. Rose (though sometimes called pink) is a color associated with joy.
The Third Sunday of Advent is also known as Gaudete Sunday, from the Latin word meaning rejoice. Philippians 4:4-5 (the “rejoice in the Lord always” passage), was traditionally an entrance song on this day. This passage is one of the readings used today.
If you use an Advent wreath, you’ve probably noted that one of the candles is pink. This is in keeping with the practice of Gaudete Sunday as well.