I am a fan of Lent season. It’s probably not the most glamorous of all of the holidays, but in my opinion, it is my favorite. Lent is more focused. It’s a time of reflection, a time of sacrifice, and a time of repentance.
Then after that forty-day period comes Easter Sunday, the celebration of Christ’s resurrection. I love that Easter happens around spring where everything is fresh and new and alive. To me it just doesn’t get any better.
Last year I woke up early Wednesday morning and using some chalk pastel, drew a cross draped in purple on drawing paper. It’s a pretty big piece, about 4 feet in length and maybe just under 3 feet wide. It hung on my wall for the entire 40 days. A couple of days ago, I put it back up to usher in the season.
Here is the finished product! As I had mentioned in my earlier post, I felt led to do the background in purple. The hardest part was trying to figure out the color of the angels’ bodies. My initial intent was to leave them in white but the piece looked unfinished. I did the detailing on the white wings in a medium gray watercolor pencil which gives the piece a lot of texture.
These colors were no accident. I believe God gave these to me and they make perfect sense considering the two upcoming seasons – Christmas and Advent.
Purple/Advent: One of purple’s symbolic meanings is royalty and is often used for the season of Advent. Advent meaning “coming” or “arrival”, not only celebrates the anticipation of Christ’s First Coming, but also the anticipation of Christ’s Second Coming as King. This year Advent begins in late November (27) and ends the day before Christmas.
White and Gold/ Christmas: White and gold is associated with the season of Christmas. Gold represents God’s glory and divine nature and white is the color of purity and righteousness.
By the way, the commercial/retail industry would have you believe that the start of the Christmas Season is the day after Thanksgiving. Christmas Day, however, is considered to be the start of the Christmas season lasting twelve days until January 5, hence “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”