by Rev. Dale Azevedo, Sr. Minister          –          April 1, 2019

Dear friends,

As we continue our journey through Lent toward our celebration of Easter, I thought it might be helpful to have a “refresher course” on the seasons ahead. Please read and enjoy.

  • Lent – A period of preparation for Easter traditionally lasting 40 weekdays involving fasting, repentance, and prayer. Sundays are excluded because every Sunday is a celebration of Easter (Jesus’ Resurrection). Lent is represented by the liturgical color purple. Purple is the color of repentance and self-reflection. It is also the color of royalty (as it was expensive to produce). The guards placed a purple robe on Jesus to mock him as they beat him following his arrest.
  • Ash Wednesday – The first day of the season of Lent. You can always find Ash Wednesday by counting back 40 days (excluding Sundays) from Easter. Traditionally ashes are administered to people as sign of repentance and confession. In the Bible, covering oneself in ashes was an outward sign of mourning, grief, and repentance.
  • Holy Week – The calendar week before Easter consisting of the following three days:
  • Palm Sunday – The Sunday before Easter and the first day of Holy Week. It recalls Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem a week before his crucifixion. Many churches recognize this day as Palm/Passion Sunday, reading the entire passion story (Jesus’ arrest, trial, and death) since weekday services are not as readily attended as they once were. Purple remains the color for Palm Sunday, but occasionally green is used to represent the palms.
  • Holy Thursday/Maundy Thursday – Commemorates the Last Supper, Jesus’ agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, and his arrest and trial. Many protestant churches combine this evening with Good Friday and read the entire passion narrative.
  • Good Friday – The day of Jesus’ death on the cross. The word “Good” is either an aberration of “God’s” Friday or it refers to the blessing that Christians believe came about because of Christ’s crucifixion and ultimate resurrection. The purple of Lent is replaced briefly by the color black, signifying the death of Christ.
  • Easter – The season beginning with Easter Sunday and continuing for 49 days. The season commemorates Jesus’ resurrection and his many appearances to the disciples and others. It is a season of triumph and celebration as life won out over death. White is the color of Easter celebrating the purity and joy of resurrection and new life.
  • Easter Sunday – Resurrection Day! The empty tomb! He is risen. It is the first Sunday of the season of Easter. It is one of the three holiest days in the Christian year along with Christmas Day and Pentecost.
  • Pentecost – Marks the day when the Holy Spirit came. Pentecost came during the Jewish celebration of the Feast of Weeks occurring 50 days after the Passover Sabbath. It is traditionally celebrated on the 50th day following Easter Sunday. Pentecost is just one day and is marked by the color red, representing the Holt Spirit.
  • Season After Pentecost/Ordinary Time/Kingdomtide – This is a long one! The Season after Pentecost (also called Ordinary Time or Kingdomtide) lasts all the way until the season of Advent (in late November or Early December). This season is represented by the color green, signifying new growth in Christ and faith.

I hope this was informative for you. If you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to call or email me. I’d love your feedback.

Peace in Christ,

Rev. Dale