Gadzooks! We’ve been off WordPress for a month? Here’s a gallery for a little catching up on some of October’s sights.
This week’s photo challenge is titled “Monument.” Here is our monument to spring in the Arkansas Ouachita mountains: All of 5 inches tall including stem, this crested iris is getting ready to unfurl its flag.
Other monuments we liked:
- Monument to Dad: http://maryjmelange.wordpress.com/2014/04/11/at-ease-soldier/
- Monuments to Boston and US history: http://quotidianhudsonriver.com/2014/04/11/4-11-14-weekly-photo-challenge-monument/
- Global monuments: http://anewlifewandering.com/2014/04/11/monuments-around-the-world/
- An ageless monument seen through the eyes of an 8-year-old: http://bellabelle1.wordpress.com/2014/04/11/weekly-photo-challenge-monument/
- A monument to conservation: http://dewetswild.com/2014/04/11/monument/
- A story of Astoria, Ore.: http://ceenphotography.com/2014/04/11/wordpress-weekly-photo-challenge-astoria-column/
Today is Gaudete Sunday, the next-to-last Sunday in Advent. Advent, like Lent, is a time of introspection; a time to prepare the soul and mind. Advent encompasses four Sundays in anticipation of Christmas and Lent does the same before Easter.
During three of the Sundays in Advent and Lent, the priest wears violet vestments — a symbol of penance. Gaudete Sunday is one of two holidays in the Catholic calendar where rose vestments — which symbolize joy — are worn, the other being Laetare Sunday, the third Sunday of Lent. (A nice summary on liturgical colors can be found here: http://www.ewtn.com/library/ANSWERS/LITCOLOR.HTM)
In the West, pink is a culturally difficult color. It’s OK for women, but often taboo for men. It takes a big man to wear rose, and they don’t come any bigger than B16. Biltrix has a great photo of Il Papa in his rose vestments. (In Thailand, pink has become associated with the king.)
A trend we’ve been seeing in the pews is parishioners embracing the colors of the season. At the Saturday vigil Mass, the pews were filled with men, women and children who had worked rose or violet into their Sunday (or Saturday) best. It’s a powerful external symbol of the inner states that Advent and Lent are meant to touch.
This week’s photo challenge theme is “renewal.” It’s a hard theme in autumn when Nature is preparing for her winter’s sleep. She did leave some reminders of spring — that great time of renewal. Today, vibrant violets dotted the shaley, leaf-strewn slopes.
Far more interesting takes on the theme can be found here:
- Love: http://shimmeringgrains.com/2012/11/10/weekly-photo-challenge-renewal/
- Snow covered: http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2012/11/09/weekly-photo-challenge-renewal/
- Church at night: http://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/2012/11/09/weekly-photo-challenge-renewal/
- Rainbow renewal: http://annarashbrook.wordpress.com/2012/11/09/weekly-photo-challenge-renewal/#comment-1182
And of course, the BIG photo challenge page:
My father’s Pacific Time backyard is overflowing with color. Blue irises, pale coral moon flowers, brilliant bougainvillea and all sorts of other treats for the eye. The neighbors’ yards are equally filled with color — trees dripping with exotic tropical flowers, ripening lemons and oranges, and brilliant scarlet pomegranate flowers.
Yellows dominate the Central Time Suburban Ferndale mini-gardens.
Violets, white and purple peek out as spring hits the Ouachitas.