THE CHRISTIAN YEAR

March 2 is Transfiguration Sunday, the final Sunday of the Season after Epiphany.  On this day, we commemorate Jesus’ transfiguration, which is recorded in Matthew 17.1-9, as well as in parallel passages in Mark and Luke.  Like his baptism, Jesus’ transfiguration was an “epiphany” — an event in which his true identity as the Son of God was “manifested” or revealed.  The symbolic 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.

Wednesday March 5 is Ash Wednesday, the first day of the Season of Lent, a season of preparation for the festival of Easter.  The symbolic color for Lent is purple, symbolizing preparation and repentance.