Purple is the traditional color for the season of Lent, which begins this year on Ash Wednesday, February 13. But a color alone does not really communicate the sense of the season — especially to newer and younger church members who don’t know the “secret color code” of the church year.
The purple and gray pattern in this fabric shows jagged movement that echos themes of Lent, and the touches of fuchsia and turquoise are harbingers of the Easter to come. The reverse side is plain purple; even if you never wear the plain side, it will peek out occasionally.
The use of beautiful — and sometimes unconventional — fabrics in church is one way of inviting the “visual word” into our worship.