Quiet Storm by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II, 30 November 2020
When we were growing up discovering the power of love, these nursery rhymes were so sublime we used to find every Valentine's without knowing why "Roses are red, Violets are blue, Sugar is sweet. So are you. And I love you!" Red means love but what about blue that has become violet too?
It is funny, though now that I have become a priest and pastor that I have come to know why violets are blue: According to one review, violets mean fidelity, humility, modesty and simplicity that to give a violet is to reply "I love you too!"
Like the season of Lent when everything is violet, Advent's shade is in blue to keep things subdued as we try to imbue value of patience and vigilance too. During Advent, violets are blue the hue of God's mercy, that is so true. In these four Sundays before Christmas hear my prayer to you, dear Jesus as I borrow the rhyme from "Mother Goose": "Roses are red, violets are blue; let your Advent come true because I love you too!"
*All photos by author from our Advent celebrations in the parish this year 2020 (topmost collage) and last year 2019 (collage above). Flower arrangements by our liturgy commission head Ms. Imelda Santiago and Ms. Lucila Verana; am so thankful to their dedication and creativity in the past eight years, learning everything by experience, nurtured by prayer.