THE CHRISTIAN YEAR

February 6, is Transfiguration Sunday, the final Sunday of the Season after Epiphany.  On this Sunday we commemorate Jesus’ transfiguration, recorded in Luke 9.28-36, as well as in parallel passages in Matthew and Mark.  Like his baptism, Jesus’ transfiguration was an event in which Jesus’ true identity as the Son of God was briefly revealed.  The color for Transfiguration Sunday is white, symbolizing joy and celebration, whereas the color for the rest of the Season after Epiphany is green, the color for ordinary time.

February 10 is Ash Wednesday, the first day of the Season of Lent.  Lent is the season in which we prepare ourselves for the festival of Easter, through repentance — that is, turning away from sin, and seeking renewal in our relationships with God and each other.  The name “Ash” Wednesday comes from a traditional ritual called the “Imposition of Ashes”, in which ashes are placed on a person’s forehead in the shape of a cross, signifying the person’s penitence, and consciousness of his/her mortality.  The seasonal color for Lent is purple, symbolizing preparation and repentance.

 

PWS&D Sunday – The first Sunday in February is designated “PWS&D Sunday” by the General Assembly of our church.  On this Sunday each year, we remember the work our church is doing to support vulnerable families across the globe.  Presbyterian World Service and Development is the relief and development agency of our national church.  It supports projects in various countries that respond to emergencies, or help people to raise their standard of living.