Gaudete Sunday


Set of Six Rose Glass Cocktail/Champagne Stems with Harlequin Optical Diamond Pattern (LEO Design)


Today is the third Sunday of Advent, known as Gaudete Sunday.  "Gaudete" is from the Latin, meaning "Rejoice!"  In earlier times, Advent had a more "penitential" quality—and lasted 40 days (as does Lent, the period before Easter).  Advent, at that time, was observed customarily with fasting and abstinence.  Gaudete Sunday was a brief reprieve, when abstinence was temporarily suspended.  People were permitted to "cut loose"—to focus on the Joy of Christ's coming.  On Gaudete Sunday, the priest's vestments are rose-colored and the rose-colored candle on the Advent wreath is lighted (the other three candles are purple).  For this reason, Gaudete Sunday is sometimes referred to as "Rose Sunday."

This set of six "rose glass" cocktail stems, from the Twenties or Thirties, will add a gentle touch of color to your bar cart or dinner party.  The diamond pattern "harlequin optic" on the eight ounce bowls adds an extra touch of discreet sparkle to the glass.  Perfect for bubbly—or any cocktail of your choosing.  And consider them for serving dessert; imagine berries & cream or peach sherbet nestled in the pink glass.  Click on the photo above to learn more about these attractive glasses.


Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well!  Please visit our on-line store where we continue to sell Handsome Gifts (

We also can be found in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (

Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only).  917-446-4248