Dame Edna reacts in horror when she turns up to the liturgy to find that the sanctuary is wearing the same colour as she is.
HT to the Cooees boys – I couldn’t have found a better picture to describe the horror at some of the liturgical shades that are currently adorning our altars. Jacaranda and agapanthus indeed. I almost gagged when I heard our PP proclaim from the pulpit on Sunday that “Crimson” was the colour for Advent (????). Thankfully, it was still violet on the altar…
The liturgical colour for Advent, as for Lent, is purple. However, the mood generated by the readings and texts for Advent is one of devout and joyful expectation – not penance.
Wherever did this nonsense about Advent not being a penitential season come from? Has she READ the Readings? Let’s just take the first two Sundays in this year’s Advent lectionary for starters, shall we?
Isaiah 64: “Behold, thou wast angry, and we sinned; in our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved? 6 We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. 7 There is no one that calls upon thy name, that bestirs himself to take hold of thee; for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast delivered us into the hand of our iniquities.”
Isaiah 40: “1 Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. 2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.
2 Peter 3: “11 Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of persons ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, 12 waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be kindled and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire! 13 But according to his promise we wait for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
14 Therefore, beloved, since you wait for these, be zealous to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.”
Mark 1: “4 John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.”
Not penitential, indeed…