|The lighting makes this look pinkish but it's actually scarlet, made for Holy Week.|
The Augsborg Fortress Calendar is the bible when it comes to church Altar Guilds. The little strip is red so we must put up the Holy Spirit paraments for Passion Sunday.
"No," I say in a voice I imagine is kind and patient. "It's scarlet. That is a different color. We don't have scarlett and the red we have is not appropriate for Passion Sunday. So we will continue to use the purple"
"Are you sure, Pastor?"
"Yes, I am sure"
"But we always use the red"
"Not while I've been here"
"But the other pastors..."
"The other pastors either don't know better or don't care. I know and I care"
This is what happens when pastors ignore tradition and do whatever the hell they want. The lay people stop paying attention to you because every new pastor just does whatever the hell they want. It no longer becomes about tradition and symbol and ritual that touches the deep parts of us that words cannot. It becomes all about whatever the pastor thinks and wants. And that doesn't really touch anyone.