Currently, we are in the season of Lent, which runs from Ash Wednesday through Easter. The season of Lent is 40 days long. It is a time for reflection. For centuries, it has been a time of instruction for candidates preparing for baptism. We are called to confess our sins and abstain for self-indulgent behavior. We fast, pray and practice other spiritual disciplines to discern our need for the grace of God. We consider our relationship with God and with our neighbors.
The season of Lent excludes the 6 Sundays from Ash Wednesday through Easter. The Church celebrates on those Sundays, just as every Sunday, the coming Easter morn when the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ is revealed. As we worship God on the Sundays in Lent, we are strengthened to continue the Lenten journey of self-examination.
In the past several months, I have posted blogs about vestments (robes and stoles) and paraments (table cloths and pulpit/lectern banners). You might remember that the colors and symbols portray meaning for the day or season of the Church liturgical year. The paraments in the sanctuary and Jay’s stole are purple. The liturgical color for Lent is purple which symbolizes the majesty and royalty of Christ – purple or violet is also a color that represents penitance.
The stole I will wear during the season of Lent is the one you gifted to me when you installed me as your associate pastor. It too is purple. The crown is symbolic of the crown of thorns placed upon Jesus’ head after he was flogged. The cross, of course, is the cross on which Jesus was crucified. It is much more comfortable than the burlap stole we wore on Ash Wednesday!
May your study of the word of God guide your journey,