Monday, November 24, 2008

Advent Is Coming...

thus, three issues need to be made clear:

First, BLUE is not the liturgical color of Advent. (In the Latin Rite, Blue is not a liturgical color except for feasts of Our Lady where the Spanish indult applies.) Don't give me the BS that it is really just a very dark purple. If it looks like blue, then it is blue. (My favorite story about this concerns Cardinal Levada when he was the ordinary of Portland. It seems that he arrived at a parish to celebrate Mass and the parish was decorated with joyfully expectant Advent blue. His emminence then informed the pastor that he would wait to beginning Mass until after the blue was exchanged for the proper liturgical color. I don't know whether this is true as I heard it second-hand, but I hope it is.)

Second, Ebeneezer Scrooge is not the patron saint of Advent. There is no need to be a liturgi-nazi concerning Christmas lights and decorations during Advent as long as a) Baby Jesus is left out of the manger until Christmas Eve and b) lights and decorations are left up through the Christmas season.

Third, it is possible and in deed laudable to go to Confession more frequently than communal penance services during Advent and Lent.
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