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Significance of the Liturgical Colors


Liturgies celebrated during the different seasons of the liturgical year have distinctive music and specific readings, prayers, and rituals. All of these work together to reflect the spirit of the particular season. The colors of the paraments also help express the character of the mysteries being celebrated.


White, is color of light. It symbolizes divinity, purity, and victory. It is used for Christmas, Epiphany, Easter, and Trinity Sunday. It is also used for the feasts of Our Lord, Gold may also be used on certain occasions.




Black is used on days when we celebrate the passion of Jesus on Good Friday and Holy Saturday. It is used to represent the silence of the tomb as well as those grieving for Christ.




Red (the color of fire) symbolizes blood and spirit. It is used on Pentecost, Reformation, and on local festivals such as anniversaries and dedication to, symbolize the zeal of the church. It is likewise used in commemorating the martyrs whose blood was shed in testimony of their faith.




Green, seen everywhere in plants and trees, symbolizes life and hope and is used during Kingdomtide.




Purple is the color used by kings in mourning. It symbolizes the majesty of Christ in his humility. It is used by the church for the penitential seasons of Lent and was traditionally used also during the Advent season.


Blue is gradually replacing purple for the season of Advent. Blue is the color of royalty and is therefore appropriate to symbolize the Advent theme: The King is coming.




Pink may be used on the Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday. It expresses the joy of anticipation for Christmas.