Today is a day of two liturgical colors. For the morning and afternoon it’s simply Monday in the fourth week of Advent. If you were to have a morning Communion service today, it’s still purple. If you were to hold Morning Prayer in a church or chapel, the Advent colors would still be up on the altar. But then in the evening, out comes the festal white: Christmas Eve will begin!
Evening Prayer today is when Christmas begins, the season changes, Advent ends. For the big picture, revisit Saturday’s post about the several worship services of the Christmas Eve/Day liturgy.
If you have an Advent Wreath, tonight is when the Christ candle will be lit for the first time. The purple and pink (or violet and rose) candles have given way to the white one in the center. The liturgy police will finally start saying “merry Christmas” this evening after vespers, haha!
All the more reason to make sure you don’t miss Morning Prayer today, as this will be your only chance besides yesterday to enjoy the stirring Collect for the Fourth Sunday in Advent:
Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and as we are sorely hindered by our sins from running the race that is set before us, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and forever. Amen.