Have you ever wondered what the colors displayed in the church mean? What do they symbolize? Why do they change on certain Sundays? This Blog Post is all about colors - purple, blue, white, green, and red. These are the primary colors of the liturgical church year and each one symbolizes something about our faith and our spiritual walk.
Generally, the liturgical seasons in western Christianity are Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, and Ordinary Time (Time after Pentecost). Liturgical colors are those specific colors used for vestments, banners and hangings within the context of Christian liturgy.
We are now entering the seasons of Pentecost and Ordinary Time. Don’t let the word “ordinary” bring to mind the ideas of mundane or unimportant. Each season in the Christian Calendar has significance to our faith.
During the period after Easter, generally late March or April, we can display the color purple, which represents penance, preparation and sacrifice. The color may also be displayed which is symbolic of passion and blood.
In the month of May, the prominent color is white, a symbol of light and purity. In preparation for Pentecost, the color red is displayed.
After Pentecost and for the remainder of the summer months, churches generally display the color green which symbolizes bountifulness, hope and the victory of life over death.
As we transition to September and November we turn again to white. October brings us the color red once again.
During the Advent and Christmas seasons, the predominant colors are white for light and purity and blue signifying hope or good health.
There are several liturgical colors that can be displayed between the Christmas and Easter seasons:
- January and February can be represented by white and green
- March by red
- Lent and Good Friday by black or purple
- Easter Sunday churches are adorned in the color white
Liturgical colors are used throughout the year with great significance. Keep in mind that our Liturgical Banner collections offer the colors and symbols for each season and time helping to bring to life all the Liturgical seasons and what they represent to us as Christians.