These are some words you will hear in tomorrow's first reading - a reading from the Prophet Isaiah. How perfect for the Advent Sunday of Joy, known as Gaudete Sunday in earlier days.
In the medieval days, Advent was a time of contemplation, and fasting - similar to Lent. Gaudete Sunday Sunday was a joyful signal that Christmas was drawing closer and that the time of penitence was close to an end. Rose-colored vestments and a rose-colored candle became cheery symbols of Christmas Day being just around the corner.