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November 30, 2008 [LINK / comment]

Somber (church) New Year

Today is Advent Sunday, the fourth Sunday before Christmas, marking the first day of the ecclesiastical year. The color for the Advent season is purple (or violet), which is symbolic of penitence and expectation of happier days ahead. Accordingly, I have changed the background color of the pages on the Emmanuel Episcopal Church Web site from green (for the Pentecost season) to purple.

The weather today fits the somber connotation of Advent, with gloomy skies, steady rain, and bone-chilling temperatures. Winter came early this year, and I just hope it leaves early as well...

Posted (or last updated or commented upon): 30 Nov 2008, 5: 29 PM

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