Lutheran Liturgical Colors

liturgicalThe Lutheran Church has a long history and tradition about the "colors" used in coordination with the Church Liturgical Year. There is literally a "rainbow" of color that is not only pleasing to the eye, but integral to worship and essential to the seasons of the church year. The vestments altar clothes, banners, all correspond to specific seasons of the church as follows:

BLUE: is the first color used in the year and is appropriately the first color of the church year used during the weeks preceeding Christmas during the time when we wait for the birth of Christ called "Advent."

GreenGREEN: is the next and is the most common color seen during the year. It is used during the seasons of Epiphany after the birth of Christ when the Wise Men arrived and also during Pentecost when Jesus ascended into heaven. Green is retired at Easter. Amazingly, green may be used the longest and, depending on the calendar can be used up to six to eight months during a liturgical year! Green is a neutral color, but it resembles a "green meadow" when faith is growing and becoming mature.

BLACK: is not seen very often. It is used only twice-----on Good Friday and on Ash Wednesday. This sober color marks the absence of light when Jesus was betrayed and crucified.

GOLD: is an optional color for Easter Sunday and represents value and worth as the golden festival of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

SCARLET (Vivid RED or ORANGE): is used during Holy Week before Easter from Palm Sunday to Maundy Thursday. It is in contrast to the red utilized on Festival Days and represents a color associated with the crucifixion or the color of blood.

PurplePURPLE: is a color of penitence and is used during Lent during the weeks before Easter. There are forty days in Lent and purple is intended as a deep, rich color for a solemn time.

WHITE: is the color of purity or completeness. This is used during the time after Easter and connects to what Jesus said on the cross, "though your sins be as scarlet, they will be white as snow."

RED: is used for festival days such as dedications, anniversaries, Reformation Sunday, and represents power and strength. Red gives encouragement for God's people to be firm in the living faith.

The Liturgical year represents the beauty and symbolism of the color in the church and helps to communicate the holy faith.
(Taken from Escue/Colors of the Liturgical Seasons/LCMS).