Celebrating all things ‘pink’!
|Disclaimer: I know, it's not pink today.|
It is ROSE!
Yes, it is that time again. Third week of Advent means Gaudete Sunday, a day which takes its common name from the Latin word Gaudete ("Rejoice"), the first word of the entrance antiphon of this day's Mass:
Gaudete in Domino semper: iterum dico, gaudete. Modestia vestra nota sit omnibus hominibus: Dominus enim prope est. Nihil solliciti sitis: sed in omni oratione petitiones vestræ innotescant apud Deum. Benedixisti Domine terram tuam: avertisti captivitatem Jacob.
I am sure that my Latin class buddies will be able to translate this but just in case, here’s the text! “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Let your forbearance be known to all, for the Lord is near at hand; have no anxiety about anything, but in all things, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God. Lord, you have blessed your land; you have turned away the captivity of Jacob.”
We should remember that Advent is a penitential season, just like Lent is. It is a time for fasting, waiting, watching, praying, repentance. Similarly during Lent, we are offered a Sunday of respite, so to speak, with Laetare Sunday. Gaudate Sunday is its Advent counterpart and in it we have a time to celebrate and give joyful thanks! For Advent the priest usually wears purple vestments but today, you might have seen your priest wearing rose vestments (or pink as many people think it is!). Or maybe you didn’t! I continue to discover that many parishes don’t have a rose vestment in their sacristy!
The General Instructions for the Roman Missal (GIRM) explain the reasons for colour of our vestments in our Latin Rite: The purpose of a variety of colour of the sacred vestments is to give effective expression even outwardly to the specific character of the mysteries of faith being celebrated and to a sense of Christian life's passage through the course of the liturgical year.
Speaking of babies…did you ever ask yourself why is it that boys prefer blue and girls pink? Is it a cultural phenomenon? Or just the way it is? Many of you who know me, know I don’t really ‘do pink’. Disclaimer, I am not one of those raging feminists who refuse to buy into the ‘stereotypes’ pasted onto women. In fairness, I have been wearing blue and white clothes for half my life now so I don’t have much opportunity to wear a ‘girly’ colour like pink. However I do find it interesting to explore the psychology of the colour pink.
There is a womanliness in pink as defined also by society. The colour pink is considered feminine in modern Western countries. It evokes traditional feminine gender roles, caring for other people, being beautiful, being good, and being cooperative. It has also come to be the colour associated with breast and ovarian cancer awareness. Amy Breitmann, an ovarian cancer survivor writes: “Why Pink? Pink is the colour of lipstick and blush. Pink is the shade of roses, the first sunlight, flushed cheeks and newborn beauty. Pink is the most feminine colour. We use this pink to pretty things up, but it’s more than that. We wear pink to connect, to bring awareness, to come out of hiding, to speak the truth. It is a symbol of seeing and encouraging beauty and femininity.”
|Ironically, I got a pink crown in our|
cracker tonight for our Christmas party!
Happy Gaudete Sunday!
P. S Just an observation….I am in good company, Mary didn't 'do pink' either!