I have been asked if I am a communist because of my email address, “Redpriest.” I most certainly am not. Usually the foregoing question is reflective of a person’s age, era, and having lived through the Cold War (WWIII) as I have.
Why “Red”priest? Well, red evokes a multitude of emotions, feelings, and dichotomous definitions.
Red is associated with bravery, purity, joy, good fortune, fire, and the emotions that “stir the blood” (ex: “I saw red”) as in anger; it is also reflective of passion, love, and pain.
Red light allows one to see at night, to see the unseeable (if there is such a word), yet that which is present.
Red is also the color of sin; and I am the first among sinners. “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow.” KJV Isaiah 1:18. The scarlet letter was red.
Red is the color of love; and I do not love enough.
The color red is representative of martyrs and martyrdom; it is sacrifice and the shedding of blood; it is the liturgical color worn by priests on the feast days of John the Forerunner and our Lord God & Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Finally, red is the color of the wine in the chalice, that upon which the Holy Spirit descends, that which becomes the blood of our Lord God & Saviour, Jesus Christ.
May I be worthy of being a Redpriest; Lord have mercy.