This site had been green for so long, I was worried it was going to stay that way, but finally purple has arrived.
Advent is probably my favorite season of the year.
I love the richness and depth to the images and words of this season.
I love Advent hymns, especially "Lo, He comes with clouds descending . . ." Incidentally, HELMSLEY is the longest tune to have a completely diatonic melody (no accidentals).
Oh yeah, candles. I really like candles.
And I like purple. It's nice on this website, but it's nice in church too. What I realized tonight is that purple is the traditional color for visited hyperlinks (blue; unvisited hyperlinks).
Seeing purple in Advent should remind us that we share a "link" with people who have waited expectantly for the coming of Christ throughout space and time.
Some churches use blue for this season. "We haven't been there yet."
Either way, click on through. Advent is worth visiting.
Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Collect for the First Sunday of Advent
Tangent: I don't like blue for Advent. It denies the parallelism of preparatory periods (Advent:Christmas :: Lent:Easter). You don't see anyone using blue for Lent.
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