Lent. We are in the season of the Ecumenical time when we are to examine our Christian lives and meditate on the journey that led Jesus to the crucifixion on the cross. It is a time when we should be mindful of His sacrifice for our sins as commanded by God the Father.
Since it is a time of mourning, the colors on the altar reflect the mood of penitence and sorrow. Grey and purple are used. Lent is observed in many different ways throughout the world. “Giving up” things is one way Christians observe Lent. As you may have noticed, the altar features different objects added every Sunday as we keep up the theme we chose for this season: 40 days of Love. We’re not “giving up” but GIVING OUT!
Even though this solemn time is represented by diffused colors, there will be Joy at the end of Lent. This includes Palm Sunday which will commemorate Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem during the Passover holiday (Matthew 21:1-11). By the end of Holy Week, when we remember His sad last days on this earth, we will rejoice in His Resurrection on Easter Sunday (Mark 16:1-8, and other Gospels). The colors, of course, will take on much brighter colors to comply with events; gold for royalty, white for purity. So, “there is a light at the end of the tunnel” after all. REJOICE THE LORD IS KING! THE RESURRECTED SAVIOR! THE LORD OF LORDS!
Submitted by Zee Kiszkan, Worship Committee