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To Keep a True Lent

By Robert Herrick (1591-1647)


Is this a fast to keep

The larder lean?

And clean


From fat of veals and sheep?

Is it to quit the dish

Of flesh, yet still

To fill


The platter high with fish?

Is it to fast an hour,

Or ragg’d to go,

Or show


A downcast look and sour?

No: ‘tis a Fast to dole

Thy sheaf of wheat

And meat


Unto the hungry soul,

It is to fast from strife

And old debate,

And hate,


To circumcise thy life.

To show a heart grief rent;

To starve thy sin,

Not bin;



And that’s to keep thy Lent.

The Meaning of Vestment and Altar Colors

The colors are those for the vestments and furnishings for the Altar and Chancel. Their meaning is as follows:

White: The color of the Holy Trinity, or our Lord and of purity and joy. It is used during Christmastide, Epiphany-tide, Eastertide, Ascension-tide, the Transfiguration, All Saints Day and its Octave, and on Independence Day and Thanksgiving Day, and the feasts of saints who were not martyrs. It is also used on great festival occasions and for weddings. It may be used for consecration of a Bishop, ordination of a Priest or Deacon and Confirmation, the alternative being red.

Red: The symbolism is the Holy Spirit represented by the tongues of fire at Pentecost and also the symbolism of the blood of the martyrs. It is also used on Pentecost (Whitsunday) and until Trinity Sunday, on the feasts of saints who were martyrs and on certain other occasions which stress the shedding of blood. It is properly used for the consecration of a Bishop, the ordination of a Priest or Deacon, and confirmation, although white is a permissible alternative.

Violet: The Symbolism is a penitence and preparation. It is used during Advent, pre-Lent and Lent and also on the Ember Days (except in Whitsuntide and Rogation Days. Violet is also the color of the Sacraments of Unction and Penance, as well as of blessing of Holy Objects.

Green: This is the color of nature and of growth. It is used on all occasions when another color is not prescribed.Black: This is the color of death and of mourning. It is used on Good Friday, All Souls Day, and at funerals and requiems.



All Saints Church Vestry 2013

2013 All Saints Church Vestry

  • Alice Raymond, Senior Warden
  • Denis Axtell, Co-Junior Warden
  • John Collinson, Co-Junior Warden
  • Mike Creek, Clerk of the Vestry
  • Sheila Cadilli
  • Dan Cunningham
  • Lionel Felix