What better way to celebrate Gaudete Sunday than to gather together for an evening of carols and Christmas songs?
Wassail gets its name from the Old English term “waes hael”, meaning “be well”. It was a Saxon custom that, at the start of each year, the lord of the manor would shout ‘waes hael’. The assembled crowd would reply ‘drinc hael’, meaning ‘drink and be healthy’.
At Sacred Heart Parish in Northampton the tradition has been carried forward as a celebration on the third Sunday of advent – Gaudete Sunday. Literally the Sunday for Rejoicing.
Carols and Christmas songs are sung as the parish gatherers together in the parish hall where mulled wine and mince pies are in ample supply.
All funds raised by the event this year were shared between CAFOD and the parish.
Posted by CAFOD Northampton