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Why We Need A Set of Blue Paraments 2011

Posted on: October 11th, 2011 by Robin Jarrell

Every detail in the Eucharist can help us experience the presence  of God.  When we are in church, what we see, smell, taste and touch can help  us move into the presence of the Divine.

The color purple is the color for Lent, a time of penitence and fasting in preparation for Easter.  But Advent is a time of anticipation, of hopefulness and expectation for the celebration of the birth of our Lord.   The color blue was used liturgically in medieval England (sometimes called Sarum Blue).  Blue is also the color for Mary, the mother of Jesus.

Celebrating Advent using the liturgical color of blue can remind us that Advent is a time for quiet waiting, a time for preparation for the birth of Jesus – we  experience this birth in many ways – and the color blue helps focus our attention and our hearts on how we be more intentional as we “wait” for God.

There is another reason for using the color blue.  Blue is the traditional color for Mary, the mother of Jesus.  She was the very first to say “yes” to God.  And so we honor her and her grace and courage by using a color for Advent that is associated with her.

Mary is a very important figure for St. Matthew’s.  We have a Mary Chapel.  And now we can furnish that Chapel with the color of Mary – not only for Advent, but for the entire liturgical year.

As you may know, I have a strong devotion to the Blessed Mother.  In my opinion, our beloved Episcopal church tradition needs to grow more fully into an understand of just how important Mary is in the development of our spiritual lives.

So, now that we have a blue set, we are able to do two things:  First, we can now distinguish our observance of Advent from our observance of Lent.  And we are able to honor the woman who is the only one among us who could stand at the foot of the cross and say:  “This is my body, this is my blood.”

Please join us on Sunday November 27 at a combined 9:30 am Eucharist.  We will be gratefully acknowledging the contributions of our parishioners and the blessed memory of those ‘great cloud of witnesses.’  Father Jim Edwards will be assisting Mother Robin who will be dedicating a priest’s stole to the glory of God and in memory of Fr. John X. Jobson.


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