Monday, October 16, 2017

Command Somewhat Filled Out--4 Horsemen +

Dear Gentle Ones:

I apologize--'Command' is the word.

Also, I've found out that a denomination divides the Season After Pentecost into 

Apostles' Tide--could be a white horse of Gospel proclamation,

Martyrs' Tide--the red horse of conflict?,

Angels' Tide--the black horse of help, of bread?,

And then End Times--the green of guardian Levites?

That's a start!

Love in King Jesus,

Charlie 'responder' Hartman
PS: Today, Episcopalian-wise, is Latimer and Ridley, and, going back and forth and remembering the future, what past and future persons would fit along this axis in the various sequences, such as Law-Li\yric-Evaluation-Fact-New Torah?

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Shape liturgicall years for millennia

Shape liturgical years for millennia.

This is NOT an option, not a 'study'--it's an imperative.

Rosenstock-Huessy said that 'respondeo etsi mutabor' is like unto 'cogito ergo sum, and 'credo ut intelligam'--a key to this era.

I must respond, though I will be changed.

As the life of Jesus Christ is the key thing and fact in all history, and as the etrenal calendar is our response, we need a better one.  How we respond shows what we think of it, and it was structured, and deep, and fullfilled, and pointing to the future, the life of Jesuc Christ was, and our response should be similar.

Thus, a start: Oct 15, A D 2017—Apostles’ Tide, Martyrs’ Tide, Angels’ Tide, and (Saints’ Tide—look up Rev. Keunings’s email) fit in with white horse (proclamation, Apostle), red horse (battle), black horse (bread, symbol of support) and green horse (Levi kills). Also, don’t forget colors (red/blue/yellow/green within tides—see Wikipedia, which also has clear/translucent, opaque and striped. Third, An Axial Age Axis, e. g., for Aquinas (DO put in representative persons, institutions, types of speech) is Paul and Greece (Aristotle), Chines missionary story told by Jenkins in ‘Lost History of Christianity’ translated Buddhist classics, and I Ching 8x8 of yes/no, yin/yang, solid bar/broken bar compared to 7x7 of Jordan, but we await that, so ‘remember the future.  Give this problem to AI, frame the question which North says that framing is  what few can do.  And…try 22 and 27 as Hebrew and Greek books, put the rest of Trumpets/Atonement/Tabernacles/Purim in, etc. So, a lot is put together, amening/remembering in a ‘meat’ way that the Life Of Christ Jesus is structured, fulfills earlier, is deeper—and so is our response.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

What's the imperative stem of John?

Dear Gentles:
Rosenstock wrote in 'Magnat Carta Latina' that all Latin verb forms were derived from a shorter imperative stem.
Were we able to find the imperative stem of a book of the Bible, such as John, we could then develop from that.
We could develop a small, enthusiastic group to develop this imperative stem, so that, as new technology allows us greater reach in a shorter time, as old groups are destroyed, we could make new groups, tribes without perpetual warfare.
Were these formed by 'true speech,' behind which we put our lives, we would have the basis for a 49-book, jubilee, society.
So, what's the imperative stem of John?

Love in King Jesus,

ChuckCharlie 'rainbow wearing green for Season of Pentecost' Hartman
PS: If, as Wikipedia hints, the stones in Revelation are red, green, yellow, blue, each with transparent, opaque, and striped examples, that would make a dodecatotality of a new 12and1 tribe of tribes, were we able to find an old example, and an example to come, rainbow-wise.
PPS: As Williams responded to thos who said, 'Ted, you could hit .600 against the Boudreau shift if you just dumped the ball into left,' 'But I'd lose my rhythmic swing!,' I say there's a great opportunity to obey The Commission by writing an ebook about Church Year Colors Evangelism, for someone, but not me.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Participate In The Eternal Calendar--Improved

HostA812
Participate In The Eternal Calendar
I wear this week's color.  People ask, 'What does that mean?'  I explain. We all live in many calendars.
Rosenstock, Dartmouth professor (Peace Corps, speech thinker, ‘Out of Revolution’--https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/rosenstock-huessy/) said that our educational calendar is from the Greeks. Our business and work schedules are from Empires. Community celebrations are from the Tribal social order.  And ‘the eternal calendar’ (his name for it), the ecclesiastical calendar of the life of Jesus Christ and our response, is from Israel. Sports seasons combine several. Each calendar ‘pays,’ Trinitarianly via mutual indwelling in the transaction—community celebrations, community; business and work schedules in profits and wages, Greek educational calendars in credits, degrees, knowledge; and as one said, ‘the eternal calendar in…eternity—maybe sanctification is better?
Rosenstock believed that history was a symphony and a chiasm. Tribes, Empires, Israel, Greece, He Who Reversed The Trend, then, going back to the first, Greece became a companion only, NOT a social order, Israel without exclusions became the Church, Empires without slavery became the nation-state, and we are working toward the next era, Tribes without perpetual warfare—small, enthusiastic groups.
Lord willing, join us in this most basic of calendars—the eternal calendar, as ERH named it, the Church Calendar. It shows the life of Jesus Christ, and our response. [Changes can be made! And why can't we have something with all 12 colors of tribes, similar to what was on the high priest's breast? The calendar is still abuilding.]













What follows is from the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod. Others can be found by searching ‘church calendars--pictures’. The French Revolution changed a calendar. Comte had a calendar, etc. For different colors from different calendars, wear ‘plaid’ swatches?http://www.trinity-mt.org/images/stories/Church%20Year/Church%20Year%20blue3.jpg
 [Note by Hartman. When the LCMS worshipped in German, @ the 10th week after Easter, the destruction of Jerusalem was celebrated, reading from Josephus. Also, ‘Season after Pentecost’ is also called ‘Season of the Church, or better ‘Martyrs’ Tide’. The 22 to 27? Weeks can possibly be improved with respective weeks devoted to some one or two of these books of Jordan’s work?]
See the one-pager from the Service Book that is attached at the end. It shows the church year and colors in another way. Find the dates and readings here: https://www.lcms.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=1064
A little bit about the worship service, the liturgy.
In liturgy, The Divine Service—we are torn apart and cut up, individually and corporately, to be put back together, transformed by the battle, for the battle. Hartman calls it ‘redressment’. White robes as we enter. Some churches have a picture of the Last Judgment above the entrance. Garment of the High Priest as we arise, forgiven. Then ‘the full armor’ after Readings and Sermon. The Bride Adorned after Communion. Hopefully, we’ll go out, wearing the appropriate color of the eternal calendar, the Church Year.[Hartman believes that the imperative stem [‘Magna Carta Latina’: paraphrase] of every Latin verb form is derived from a short imperative stem] of each of the literarily-conceived (by Jordan) 49 books (jubilee!) (Bible) can be what leads us to a jubilee (49) of oath-formed small, enthusiastic groups, of which ERH [http://www.erhfund.org/lecturealbum/volume-12-universal-history-1954/] (Rosenstock) spoke. Jordan: http://www.biblicalhorizons.com/biblical-horizons/no-80-rethinking-the-order-of-the-old-testament/. [Samuel, Kings each too big for one scroll, 12 minor prophets had one theme, Lamentations goes literarily with Jeremiah, Ezra and Nehemiah unto Greater Chronicles.] What to use to wear the eternal calendar? Wrist bands, scarves (what comes out of the throat should be appropriate) t-shirts, skirts, shirts, pants…varied…, swatches pinned…rubber bands. Different colors from different traditions could be ‘plaid’ swatches.
 For more, see ‘Build A Peace Tribe’ on Facebook, Charles Howard Hartman on Facebook, Hartman @ edencity@aol.com, and http://chuckhartmanhistoryconductor.blogspot.com/ This effort to ‘put flesh/action on’ was inspired by 1 John. 3 John, last week, inspired ’ephemeralize’.
This sequence is seen in many places. Leviticus, Rosenstock’s revolutions of the West (Chapter 5 of Gardner’s ‘Beyond Belief’), Hartman’s ‘Symphony,’ and especially startling for many is to see it in the scientific method.  Consider this following, the scientific method (nature) compared to liturgy. Newton is brought into a new mental state by seeing the apple fall, compared to coming into the worship area—as I wrote, some churches have pictures of the Last Judgment above the entrance. Then Newton may have said to himself, ‘I can’t figure this out now, but I can later’. Confession and Absolution. He studies previous thinkers (Readings) and proposes his own hypothesis (Sermon). The hypothesis is tested, 2 witnesses, Bread and Wine. Then the new theory (not hypothesis any more) is taken out to the world, as we are sent out, transformed and Blessed individually and corporately. Herovolution.
For a summary of each of Hartman’s submissions in the respective ERH categories, Imperative—TSOCHI, Subjective—How To Make Your Communities Better, Narrative—House Of Singing Times (HOST) calendar, Objective—153Culture (now limited to the jubilee above mostly, Planetary Service—Godparents For Eldsters becomes Godparents For Societies, see https://sites.google.com/site/summaryjune24ad2015/
Clint Gardner’s ‘Beyond Belief’ has a tremendous summary, in Chapter 5, of the Revolutions of the West.
Toward Heaven—liturgy. Toward Nature—scientific method. Toward one another—The Symphony of Comprehensive History Interactive. TSOCHI—Click on Home, and let it load. There are only 90 pages, the rest is preparation for initiations and responses (ir). https://sites.google.com/site/thesymphonyofhistorytsochi/fill-in-the-blanks-version-opus-49-s-a-n-e-sing-a-new-era
[Dr. Bledsoe had suggested that it would be good to flood society with pastors wearing collars. I asked, ‘What should members of the congregation wear?’ Perhaps the rainbow of light in the colors of the Church Year is a part of ‘the fire next time’?]

Join us in this most basic of calendars, the Church Calendar. It shows the life of Jesus Christ, and our response, unto peace/concord—the explicit reconciliation of opposites.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Latest Church Calendar 2-Pager



The Latest Church Calendar 2-Pager

She was reading the colored Church year circle intently, and asked 'What's Pentecost?'.
Suggestions for clothing include wrist bands, pinned swatches, scarves (only good words to come out of a scarved throat) etc.

HostA812
Participate In The Eternal Calendar
I wear this week's color.  People ask me, 'What does that mean?'  I explain.
We all live in many calendars. Rosenstock, Dartmouth professor, said that our educational calendar is from the Greeks. Our business and work schedules are from Empires. Community celebrations are from the Tribal social order.  And ‘the eternal calendar’ (his name for it), the ecclesiastical calendar of the life of Jesus Christ and our response, is from Israel. Sports seasons combine several.
Rosenstock believed that history was a symphony and a chiasm. Tribes, Empires, Israel, Greece, He Who Reversed The Trend, then, going back to the first, Greece became a companion only, NOT a social order, Israel without exclusions became the Church, Empires without slavery became the nation-state, and we are working toward the next era, Tribes without perpetual warfare—small, enthusiastic groups.
Lord willing, Join us in this most basic of calendars—the eternal calendar, as ERH named it, the Church Calendar. It shows the life of Jesus Christ, and our response. [Changes can be made!]
What follows is from the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod. Others can be found by searching ‘church calendars--pictures’. The French Revolution changed a calendar. Comte had a calendar, etc. http://www.trinity-mt.org/images/stories/Church%20Year/Church%20Year%20blue3.jpg
 [Note by Hartman. When the LCMS worshipped in German, @ the 10th week after Easter, the destruction of Jerusalem was celebrated, reading from Josephus. Also, ‘Season after Pentecost’ is also called ‘Season of the Church, or better ‘Martyrs’ Tide’. The 22 to 27? Weeks can possibly be improved with respective weeks devoted to some one or two of these books of Jordan’s work?]
See the one-pager from the Service Book that is attached at the end. It shows the church year and colors in another way. Find the dates and readings here: https://www.lcms.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=1064
A little bit about the worship service, the liturgy.
In liturgy, The Divine Service—we are torn apart and cut up, individually and corporately, to be put back together, transformed by the battle, for the battle. Hartman calls it ‘redressment’. White robes as we enter, garment of the High Priest as we arise, forgiven. Then ‘the full armor’ after Readings and Sermon. The Bride Adorned after Communion. Hopefully, we’ll go out, wearing the appropriate color of the eternal calendar, the Church Year.[Hartman believes that the imperative stem [‘Magna Carta Latina’: paraphrase] of every Latin verb form is derived from a short imperative stem] of each of the literarily-conceived (by Jordan) 49 books (Bible) can be what leads us to a jubilee (49) of oath-formed small, enthusiastic groups, of which ERH [http://www.erhfund.org/lecturealbum/volume-12-universal-history-1954/] (Rosenstock) spoke. Jordan: http://www.biblicalhorizons.com/biblical-horizons/no-80-rethinking-the-order-of-the-old-testament/. [Samuel, Kings each too big for one scroll, 12 minor prophets had one theme, Lamentations goes literarily with Jeremiah, Ezra and Nehemiah unto Greater Chronicles.]
What to use to wear the eternal calendar? Wrist bands, scarves (what comes out of the throat should be appropriate} t-shirts, skirts, shirts, pants…varied…, swatches pinned… .]
For more, see ‘Build A Peace Tribe’ on Facebook, Charles Howard Hartman on Facebook, Hartman @ edencity@aol.com, and http://chuckhartmanhistoryconductor.blogspot.com/
This effort to ‘put flesh/action on’ was inspired by 3 John. 1 John, last week, inspired ’ephemeralize’.
This sequence is seen in many places. Leviticus, Rosenstock’s revolutions of the West (Chapter 5 of Gardner’s ‘Beyond Belief’), Hartman’s ‘Symphony,’ and especially startling for many is to see it in the scientific method.  Consider this following, the scientific method (nature) compared to liturgy. Newton is brought into a new mental state by seeing the apple fall, compared to coming into the worship area—some churches have pictures of the Last Judgment above the entrance. Then Newton may have said to himself, ‘I can’t figure this out now, but I can later’. Confession and Absolution. He studies previous thinkers (Readings) and proposes his own hypothesis (Sermon). The hypothesis is tested, 2 witnesses, Bread and Wine. Then the new theory (not hypothesis any more) is taken out to the world, as we are sent out, transformed and Blessed individually and corporately.

Join us in this most basic of calendars, the Church Calendar. It shows the life of Jesus Christ, and our response, unto peace/concord—the explicit reconciliation of opposites.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Participate In The Eternal Calendar

Dear Gentles:  Two are not here. The Church Year from the LCMS Service Book, and the colored wheel of a church year.

The latest on wearing church year colors, short. 'Participate in The Eternal Calendar'. [Also on Facebook, Charles Howard Hartman Notes, Build A Peace Tribe, and a chuckhartmanhistoryconductor.blogspot]

It's 2 pages, 3 with the material from the Service Book.

I bought a green tee shirt from Wal-Mart--actually 2--to use, and Pastor, I'm asking him for improvements.

Love in King Jesus,

Charlie '3 John's 'flesh' ' Hartman
HostA812
Participate In The Eternal Calendar
I wear this week's color.  People ask me, 'What does that mean?'  I explain.
We all live in many calendars. Rosenstock, Dartmouth professor, said that our educational calendar is from the Greeks. Our business and work schedules are from Empires. Community celebrations are from the Tribal social order.  And ‘the eternal calendar’ (his name for it), the ecclesiastical calendar of the life of Jesus Christ and our response, is from Israel.
Rosenst5ock believed that history was a symphony and a chiasm. Tribes, Empires, Israel, Greece, He Wo Reversed The Trend, then, going back to the first, Greece became a companion only, NOT a social order, Israsel without exclusions became the Church, Empires without slavery became the nation-state, and we are working toward the next era, Tribes without perpetual warfare—small, enthusiastic groups.
Join us in this most basic of calendars—the eternal calendar, as ERH named it, the Church Calendar. It shows the life of Jesus Christ, and our response.
What follows is from the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod. Others can be found by searching ‘church calendars’. The French Revolution changed a calendar. Comte had a calendar, etc.
A good link that has explanations for the meanings of colors. https://search.aol.com/aol/search?s_it=webmail-searchbox&q=church%20year%20colors%20Lutheran%20LCMS%20
 [Note by Hartman. When the LCMS worshipped in German, @ the 10th week after Easter, the destruction of Jerusalem was celebrated, reading from Josephus.]
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See the one-pager from the Service Book that is attached at the end. It shows the church year and colors in another way. Find the dates and readings here: https://www.lcms.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=1064
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A little bit about the worship service, the liturgy.
In liturgy, The Divine Service—we are torn apart and cut up, individually and corporately, to be put back together, transformed by the battle, for the battle. Hartman calls it ‘redressment’. White robes as we enter, garment of the High Priest as we arise, forgiven. Then ‘the full armor’ after Readings and Sermon. The Bride Adorned after Communion. Hopefully, we’ll go out, wearing the appropriate color of the eternal calendar, the Church Year.
[Hartman believes that the imperative stem of each of the literarily-conceived (by Jordan) 49-book Bible can be what leads us to a jubilee (49) of oath-formed small, enthusiastic groups, of which ERH (Rosenstock) spoke. Jordan: http://www.biblicalhorizons.com/biblical-horizons/no-80-rethinking-the-order-of-the-old-testament/. For more, see ‘Build A Peace Tribe’ on Facebook, Charles Howard Hartman on Facebook, Hartman @ edencity@aol.com, and http://chuckhartmanhistoryconductor.blogspot.com/
This effort to ‘put flesh/action on’ was inspired by 3 John. 1 John, last week, inspired ’ephemeralize’.
This sequence is seen in many places. Leviticus, Rosenstock’s revolutions of the West (Chapter 5 of Gardner’s ‘Beyond Belief’), Hartman’s ‘Symphony,’ and especially startling for many is to see it in the scientific method.  Consider this following, the scientific method (nature) compared to liturgy. Newton is brought into a new mental state by seeing the apple fall, compared to coming into the worship area—some churches have pictures of the Last Judgment above the entrance. Then Newton may have said to himself, ‘I can’t figure this out now, but I can later’. Confession and Absolution. He studies previous thinkers (Readings) and proposes his own hypothesis (Sermon). The hypothesis is tested, 2 witnesses, Bread and Wine. Then the new theory (not hypothesis any more) is taken out to the world, as we are sent out, transformed and Blessed individually and corporately.

Join us in this most basic of calendars, the Church Calendar. It shows the life of Jesus Christ, and our response, unto peace—the explicit reconciliation of opposites.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Colors of the Church Year Good News--The Fire, The Rainbow

Church Year Colors Good News--9 pages.  My computer skills are not good enough yet to attach this. A co-worker, the guy at the cloth place, and a gal at the juice place were all VERY enthused! The color scheme did not come thrugh on this. I wear this week's color on my front.  People ask me, 'What does that mean?'  I explain. The cloth-seller agreed, and so did the juice gal, that 'Even Lutherans (could) do this'.

Contents:
1—We all live in many calendars.
2—Color patch for this week.
3—Picture of Church Year Colors
4—CPH/LCMS on colors
5—Reproduction of Church Year from Service Book
6—2016/2017 Dates
7--Next: What happens in the Divine Service—We are torn apart, cut up, and put back together, transformed for battle.
8—Join us in this most basic of calendars, the Church Calendar. It shows the life of Jesus Christ, and our response.
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1—We all live in many calendars.
A good way to understand this is from Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy (Rosenstock), Dartmouth professor @ middle of 20th C. (His lectures were recorded even way back then and can f\be found by searching ‘ERH Fund, and following the links.)
He maintained that history went in this sequence of social orders. Tribes, Empires, Israel, Greece, He Who Reversed The Trend, The Church is Israel without exclusion, Greece became a companion ONLY—never a social order, the nation-state is Empires without slavery, and we await and pray and work toward Small Enthusiastic Groups, which are tribes without being perpetually on the warpath.
Calendars remain from these social order types.  Community festivals are tribal, work and business schedules are from empires, educational calendars are Greek, and the ecclesiastical calendar(s) is/are from Israel.
What follow is from the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod. Others can be found by searching ‘church calendars. The French Revolution changed a calendar. Comte had a calendar, etc.
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2— [as appropriate]
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3—http://www.trinity-mt.org/images/stories/Church%20Year/Church%20Year%20blue3.jpg
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‘The Colors of the Liturgical Seasons’

By Rev. Douglas K. Escue

Download essay for use in your congregation’s newsletter.
Color. Color is everywhere. Color is God's way of filling his world with beauty and giving pleasure to those who live in this colorful world. Christians, for centuries, have used color in divine worship to emphasize the redemptive action of God through his Son.



Color, Like Music
Color, like music, plays an important role in the life of God's worshiping people. Just as music is the “handmaiden to theology,” liturgical color complements the message of the seasons and occasions during the church year. Taking a familiar seat in the nave of his/her chapel preceding worship on any given Sunday, the worshiper's emotions and intellect are immediately engaged by color. Liturgical colors aid in establishing a climate in which Law and Gospel may be heard and received.



Color, Like Light
Color, like light which is its source, is most helpful when it is pleasing as well as stimulating to the senses. However, let's never forget its primary role in divine worship: Color allows us to see the Light of Life, Jesus Christ. It serves to communicate the message of salvation. And communicate it does when it reinforces a specific “colorful” chapter in the life of our Lord and his church, retold annually by the church calendar.



Color’s Purpose
However, color and its bright message can easily be taken for granted or mistaken in its purpose. The paraments, vestments, altar clothes, banners, traditionally employed each Sunday, must be seen as more than an attempt to decorate, or give accent to the chancel. That is, no doubt, the view of some. It's true; interior design and decoration are important. But a greater service is demanded of our liturgical colors than merely making the surroundings “pretty.&rdquo

Furthermore, when altar paraments are used year after year without much attention given to their message, as well as their care, the pastor, along with his faithful altar guild would do well to throw away the key to the sacristy and refrain from using those altar cloth “decorations.”

Frequent instruction about the church year and its corresponding colors must go hand in hand with its weekly use.



Teaching about Liturgical Colors
How do you go about instructing and communicating appreciation for the colors of the church year and the seasons they support?

Some liturgical creativity is in order for this task. Think of the rainbow. The rainbow is that vivid reminder of God's promise given to Noah and his descendants. The acronym, “Roy-g-biv,” is a helpful device in remembering that beautiful object of hope, and its red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet colors.

Let's adapt that helpful device for use in taking a fresh look at the colors of the church year.



Five Basic Colors
Traditionally, five basic colors of a festive, penitential, and neutral nature have been used in most liturgical congregations. In recent times, with liturgical renewal, three additional colors (blue, scarlet, and gold) have been added to the basic five of white, red, green, violet or purple, and black.

Instead of “Roy-g-biv,” may I suggest “Bg-Bgs-Pwr?” (blue, green, black, gold, scarlet, purple, white and red) “Bg-Bgs-Pwr,” enunciated Big Bags of Power” might at first seem silly. Indeed it is! Does it have anything to do with the message of those colors? Not really! Then, why suggest such a ridiculous notion? Because, a humorous, yet effective memory technique, such as “Bg-Bgs-Pwr,” is what we may need to remember this liturgical tool and the message it conveys throughout the church year.

Each “Bg-Bgs-Pwr” color has evolved through the centuries in the community of faith to communicate a powerful message. A fresh look at the “Bg-Bgs-Pwr” color scheme can reawaken our appreciation for this time-honored custom.



Blue
Blue, the first color of the “Bg-Bgs-Pwr” scheme, is the more contemporary color increasingly used by many congregations in their observance of a new church year. Advent, a preparatory time of waiting and watching, communicates the message of hope. BLUE-the color of the sky-helps convey that powerful message. Our Christian faith rests on the hope that Christ, who came in history assuming our flesh, will also return on the last day of time from that same blue sky he ascended long ago.



Green
Green, comes next in the acronym and is by far the most common color seen during the year.

Lutheran Service Book calls for its use during the seasons of Epiphany and Pentecost. The first Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox (March 21), also known as Easter Sunday, determines the length of these two seasons.

The days of Epiphany may entail a total of, but not more than, eight Sundays. The season of Pentecost, on the other hand, can last from 22 to 28 Sundays. Green is the appointed color for all but a few of the Sundays during these seasons. Consequently, green may be used an average of six to eight months of any given liturgical year!

Epiphany's message of Christ's revelation to the Gentiles along with the season's traditional emphasis on extending Christ's kingdom through missions, calls for the use of green-the color symbolic of growth.

The Sundays following Pentecost, observed as “the time of the church,” share a somewhat similar theme as that of Epiphany. Affectionately called the season of the “green meadow,” no doubt due to the fact of green being the established color, these Sundays also emphasize the subject of growth.

Green is a neutral color, but there is nothing colorless about our need to grow and mature as disciples of Jesus Christ. That's why the “green meadow” time of the church year is so lengthy.

Time must be given to encourage all worshipers to maintain their faith through the constant use of God's means of grace.

A helpful suggestion for congregations observing summer and fall months with one neutral color, would be to invest time and effort in obtaining several sets of green paraments. Variety and change in shades of this color would go a long way in keeping the season fresh and “green.” Changing the paraments every six weeks would complement the Sundays following Pentecost and their emphasis on personal faith that is living and growing.



Black
Black is seen very seldom during the year. The calendar calls for its use only twice; on Good Friday and Ash Wednesday. There's no mistaking the message that this sober color gives. Black is the absence of light. Good Friday, or Black Friday in combination with Ash Wednesday, calls for sober reflection on the cost of our redemption. Without Christ's sacrifice on the day the sky turned dark and hid the light of the sun, there would be no bright Light of Christ to live in, nor new life in Christ to enjoy.



Gold
Gold is the optional color for Easter Sunday. It is also the suggested color for the last Sunday in the church year when that day is observed as Christ the King Sunday (LBW). Its use may not be popular yet, but its emphasis is undeniable. Gold represents value and worth. The golden festival of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the event that gives our lives meaning and worth. He is worthy of our praise as we adorn his altar with the color of splendor.



Scarlet
Scarlet (a vivid red, or orange) is the fifth letter in the “Bg-Bgs-Pwr<” acronym that is called for use during Holy Week; from Palm Sunday to Maundy Thursday. It is a color worth investing in because it stands in contrast to the traditional red that is used on Festival Sundays. Scarlet's use during the somber days of Holy Week help to offer a different message. As the Manual on the Liturgy points out, “scarlet is a color anciently associated with the passion ... the color of blood” (p. 25).



Purple
Purple, like black, is a penitential color, in contrast to a festive one. It is appropriately used during Lent and, still in many parishes, during the season of Advent. The forty days of Lent, including the six Sundays that fall during this season, use this deep, rich color which has come to represent somberness and solemnity, penitence, and prayer.

Violet or purple was a very cherished and expensive color in the world Jesus lived. The dye used to make the color was painstakingly acquired by massaging the neck of a Mediterranean shell fish that secreted a special fluid. It was therefore afforded only by the rich and worn most exclusively by the royalty.

Jesus, the king of the Jews, wore a purple robe only once. As the soldiers mocked and tormented him, the Scriptures record they placed on him a “purple garment” in order to ridicule him and belittle the claim that he was a monarch.

Therefore, purple is used during this penitential season of Lent as a vivid reminder of the contempt and scorn he endured, and the subsequent sacrifice he made for our eternal salvation. Ecclesiastical purple should remind all Christians of their daily need to humbly give attention to leading a life of repentance.



White
White is the color of purity and completeness. The theme for the “great fifty days” of Easter is supported by the use of white. This color, used primarily during these Sundays, assists in bearing the message that “though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow.” Christ's triumph from the grave on Resurrection day is the cause for our rejoicing. His purity before his Father becomes our purity. White reinforces that message of joy.

In addition to its use during Eastertide, white is the appointed color for such festive Sundays as Christmas and its twelve days; Epiphany (Jan. 6) and the first Sunday following it, observed as the Baptism of Our Lord; the Last Sunday after the Epiphany, also known as Transfiguration Sunday; Holy Trinity Sunday; and twenty-one minor festivals and occasions listed on the church year calendar in Lutheran Service Book. In all, white serves as the best festive color for the church year.



Red
Finally, red completes the acronym, “Bg-Bgs-Pwr.” Red is a power color and is appropriate for use on Pentecost Sunday. On this day we remember the power and fire of “the Lord and Giver of Life,” who revealed himself as the promised one. The color red communicates the motif of strength-strength and power the Holy Spirit gives in order for God's people to call on the name of Jesus Christ and share that powerful name with others.

There is no question that red is a compelling festive color. Consequently, it serves well as the traditional color for the heroic martyrs of the church. The Lutheran Service Book church year calendar provides propers for sixteen martyr festivals and recommends red as the appropriate color. Their red blood shed in defense of the Gospel offers perpetual encouragement for God's people to be resolute in living the faith.

Additional uses of red are Reformation Sunday; Holy Cross Day (Sept. 14); on such festive occasions as dedications, anniversaries of a congregation and its physical structure; festive days celebrating the office of the public ministry, such as ordination and installation.



Symbolism of Colors
It is appropriate, from time to time, to take a thoughtful and fresh look at the colors that are displayed throughout the church year. In the end, we admit, the use of paraments, vestments, altar clothes, banners is an adiaphoron. Even the symbolism behind the traditional colors is somewhat arbitrary and open to additional interpretations as generations pass. The primary source and guarantor of their meanings is tradition.

However, the important thing to remember is why we retain this traditional liturgical standard. The value of the “Bg-Bgs-Pwr” color scheme rests in their purpose: to serve God's worshiping community by assisting in communicating the holy faith from generation to generation. In every age, the beauty and symbolism of color in the church continues to serve us exceptionally well!

Soli Deo Gloria pro Ecclesia Colorem!

Author: Douglas K. Escue — pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Originally published in Lutheran Worship Notes, Issue 29, 1994.
[Note by Hartman. When the LCMS worshipped in German, @ the 10th week after Easter, the destruction of Jerusalem was celebrated, reading from Josephus.]
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5—See the one-pager from the Service Book that is attached at the end. It shows the church year and colors in another way.
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6— Find the dates and readings here: https://www.lcms.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=1064
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7—This sequence is seen in many places. Leviticus, Rosenstock’s revolutions of the West (Chapter 5 of Gardner’s ‘Beyond Belief’), Hartman’s ‘Symphony,’ and especially startling for many is to see it in the scientific method.  Consider this following, the scientific method (nature) compared to liturgy. Newton is brought into a new mental state by seeing the apple fall, compared to coming into the worship area—some churches have pictures of the Last Judgment above the entrance. Then Newton may have said to himself, ‘I can’t figure this out now, but I can later’. Confession and Absolution. He studies previous thinkers (Readings) and proposes his own hypothesis (Sermon). The hypothesis is tested, 2 witnesses, Bread and Wine. Then the new theory (not hypothesis any more) is taken out to the world, as we are sent out, transformed and Blessed individually and corporately.

8—Join us in this most basic of calendars, the Church Calendar. It shows the life of Jesus Christ, and our response.