Happy Easter my young friends,
Alleluia! Alleluia! Let us all rejoice in the risen Lord!
Lent is behind us, Easter is here, and along with it comes change. Throughout our liturgical year there are changes we make that reflect the different liturgical seasons. One very visible sign as we move through the church year is the color of the priest’s vestments. The change in color helps us to know what part of the liturgical year we are in. Here is a listing of what the colors mean: Green: Ordinary time. Ordinary time refers to the season outside of Christmas or Easter season.
Purple or violet: Advent and Lent. These colors, along with white and black, may also be used at Funeral Masses.
White and gold: These are most appropriate for Christmas and Easter.
Red: For the feasts of the Passion of Jesus and for the Holy Spirit. Red represents the tongues of fire, and is also worn for the feasts of martyred saints who shed their blood for their belief in Christ. We will see Red on the feast of Pentecost.
Rose: On the Third Sunday of Advent and the Fourth Sunday of Lent. Rose may be worn as a sign of anticipated joy.
Another change you may have noticed is the “Alleluia” has made a comeback in our Mass. The absence of the Alleluia during Lent is probably one of most obvious, along with the absence of the Gloria during Lent. Why don’t we sing the Alleluia during Lent?
During Lent, we focus on the Kingdom to come. Readings from the Old Testament focus on the spiritual journey of the Israelites toward the coming of Christ, and the salvation of all mankind with His death on Good Friday and resurrection on Easter Sunday. My young friends, we too are on a spiritual journey toward the Second Coming of Christ and our eternal life in Heaven. The removal of the Alleluia each Lent helps us recognize this spiritual journey and encourages us to reflect on our sins and to repent so we can “sing with the choirs of angels.” And with great joy and celebration, at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday or at Easter Sunday morning services, we give praise to our risen Lord with shouts of “Alleluia.”
A very happy Easter season to you and your families! Alleluia! Alleluia! Let us rejoice in the risen Lord!