The colors and banners on the altar will be changing from green as The Epiphany Season comes to a close on Transfiguration Sunday, February 29. You can read about the Transfiguration in Acts 1:6-11.
As we enter the Lenten Season, more subtle colors will be used. These include blue, purple and grey which signify humbleness. Ash Wednesday is March 1 and is the beginning of Lent. The use of ashes (grey) was used by people in the bible when they were fasting and praying for forgiveness. This act is mentioned several times in the Old Testament (2 Samuel 13:17, Jeremiah 6:9-10) as well as in the New Testament. Of course this would have been done in secret as Jesus rebuked those “standing on the corners for everyone to see” while they prayed and fasted. They wanted to be seen and recognized for their righteousness.
The length of Lent is six weeks including Palm Sunday (Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem). Holy Week follows including Maundy Thursday (The Last Supper), Good Friday (The Crucifixion) and finally Resurrection Sunday! Alleluia!!
Submitted by Zee Kiszkan, Worship Committee