THE COLOURFUL YEAR (words by Fred Kaan)

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When Noah’s ark was high and dry,
there came a rainbow in the sky
and Noah heard a voice divine:
“I am your God and you are mine.”
This God who always faithful stays
has given colour to our days.
The shade with which the year begins
is purple for the people’s sins.

On Christmas day we see the light,—
the colour of the feast is white —
and when the Kings have left the scene,
our life runs into shades of green.
With purple we return to Lent
to mourn for Jesus, emptied, spent.
‘But sorrow is not meant to stay!’
proclaims the white of Easter day!

As red as flames of Pentecost,
so is the blood the martyrs lost.
Then, till the hopeful Advent sound,
we make with green the circle round.
The people of the church are led
through purple, white and green and red,
from fasting days to peaks of feast,
from dark of death to life in Christ!

Author / Composer Comments

• Author Fred Kaan, from his book The Only Earth We Know (Stainer & Bell / Hope Publishing Co., 1999, page 71): “I wrote this with the younger people at the Pilgrim Church [England] in mind after I had designed a set of pulpit and lectern hangings in the liturgical colours. The hymn is intended to teach children the sequences of the Christian year and the colours that are used to symbolize the various seasons.”

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