In The Christian Community there are nine festival seasons. Just as the earth dresses herself differently in the natural cycle of the year, so does the soul clothe herself differently in the moods of the cycle of the festivals of the year. In each festival season, there are different prayers, readings and colors. The prayers and the colors help tune our souls to harmonize with the time of the year and with God and his angels.
The nine festival seasons are interspersed with four Trinity intervals. These intervals let our soul catch its breath in a deeply filled pause between the tone colors of two festival seasons. The long ten-week Trinity interval in August and September form a pathway toward Michaelmas, the last festival season, and ultimately toward the new beginnings at Advent and Christmas. Along this path, we can take in the ways in which the healing Spirit of Christ’s working on the earth supports us. It can support our resolution toward the change of heart and mind which the St. Johnstide season awakened in us. The violet and orange at the altar incline us toward harmony and devotion of soul. The prayers speak of the interrelationship between the divine Trinity, Father, Son and Spirit, and the elements of the human soul: our thinking, our feeling and our will.