Our Lord's Love!
Surveying spring's emerging color, I find ample evidence of purple's royal hue. Iris, Clover, Tulip, Lupine, Pansy... blooms in various shades of purple's range brave the vacillating temperatures between winter's end and spring's arrival.
Shades deep, shades pale, shades rosy-red, shades nearly black; announce the season of Lent.
The season of honoring our Lord's sorrow, suffering, and sacrifice offered in love for all of God's people.
The imperial purple hue derived from the sea, historically obtainable only by those of wealth and royal position, and reserved for occasions of important celebration. Ranging from
deep magenta to indigo blue,
purple reigns in its velvety richness of dense color.
The early church acknowledged the color's royal, favored status and assigned it to represent the sacred season of Lent. Sanctuary, alter, and clergy may be appointed with elements of purple during worship in this season of the church calendar.
Surveying the emerging spring, my soul recalls the Prince that has given all for me that I may be one of his people, one of his dearly beloved, one of his chosen ...
“...you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God,
that you may declare the praises of him
who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
1 Peter 2:9
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