Jelly Bean Prayer

This was passed along to me by my organist, Dr. Fred Guzasky. So you can blame him. Actually, Fred’s always good for churchy blog fodder. God knows where he comes up with this stuff.

The Jelly Bean Prayer

Red is for the blood he gave,
Green is for the grass he made.
Yellow is for the Sun so bright,
Orange is for the edge of night.
Black is for the sins we made,
White is for the grace he gave.
Purple is for the hours of sorrow,
Pink is for a new tomorrow.
Jelly beans, colorful and sweet,
a promise, a prayer, and loved one’s treat.

Nothing like sucking the joy out of an Easter Egg Hunt. What a buzz kill! And, to paraphrase Dr. Freud, sometimes a jelly bean is just a jelly bean.

Well, fear not. I’ve taken things into my own hands and rewritten “The Jelly Bean Prayer.” I started to write the Mel Gibson version in order to one-up the original killjoy (“Red is for the blood dripping down the cross, Green is for cookies that he did toss”) but decided on an Episcopal version.

The Jelly Bean Prayer (Anglicanized)

Red is for the Holy Spirit blowing ’round,
Green is for God’s blessings that abound.
Yellow is the color of Easter dresses,
Orange, used liturgically, merely distresses.
Black is for our clergy’s attire,
White is for robes worn by the choir.
Purple is for bishops who like to look fancy,
Pink is only worn by women named Nancy.
Jelly Beans, colorful and yummy,
They’re just candy, you evangelical dummy.


3 Comments on “Jelly Bean Prayer”

  1. Set this one to music!

  2. Father Tim says:

    I think I’ll use it as the opening prayer next Easter Sunday.

  3. Bob Chapman says:

    If set to music, it must be to Anglican Chant (original or Simplified).


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