Colors of the Church Year

Colors of the Church Year

What are the colors of the church year?

WHITE – the color of  purity, perfection, eternity, and joy.  Used on festival days like Christmas and Easter.

RED – the color of zeal (fire) and martyrdom (blood).  Used on days we focus on the power of the Holy Spirit in zealous and faithful believers.

GREEN – the color of life and regeneration.  Used most on the Sundays after Pentecost to remind of of the growth of our faith and the church as we hear Christ’s teaching.

PURPLE – the color of royalty, but also of sorrow and repentance.  Used during Lent, a time of repentance for our sins.

BLACK – the color of mourning and sorrow, humility, and death.  Used on Good Friday, the day Christians remember Jesus’ death for us.

BLUE – the color of hope and anticipation.  Used during Advent, the time Christians anticipate the coming of Christ to the earth.