Colors of the Christian Year

Liturgical colors have been used for centuries by worshiping communities in many Christian faith traditions. Whether your community uses them for digital visual presentations, in artwork, or on paraments and vestments, they bring a beautifully symbolic unification of the Body of Christ in worship.

The colors for major festival days and seasons are listed below in order of the Christian Year. For lesser festivals not listed below, such as Transfiguration, commemorations of saints , baptism, and marriage, use white. For commemorations of martyrs and Reformation, use red. For Thanksgiving, different faith traditions use green, red or white.

Advent  Blue symbolizes hope and the night sky that announced the birth of the coming King Jesus.
 Purple may also be used, symbolizing the royalty of the coming King Jesus.
 White is used to symbolize joy and glory during the Christmas season, and light on Epiphany.
 Gold may also be used for Christmas in joy and celebration of what is precious and of great value.
Ordinary Time
after Epiphany
 Green is the color of renewing vegetation which symbolizes our growth and eternal life in Christ.
Ash Wednesday  Black is used to symbolize sorrow and mourning.
 Purple may also be used.
Lent  Purple represents pain, humility, melancholy and repentance through the season of Lent.
Palm Sunday
Holy Thursday
 Scarlet is the shade of red that resembles the blood of Christ, shed during his Passion week.
Good Friday  Black represents death and anguish. No color may be observed on Good Friday if an altar-stripping ritual is performed on Holy Thursday.
Easter Vigil
 White conveys glory, triumph, holiness and resurrection through the entire season of Easter.
 Gold may also be used in celebration..
Pentecost Day  Red symbolizes the spirit of God represented in tongues of fire that descended on the people of Jerusalem.
Holy Trinity  White embodies the 3-in-1 mystery of the Trinity.
Ordinary Time
after Pentecost
 Green represents the growth that we experience through the spirit and example of Christ.
All Saints
Christ the King
 White is used to show respect, celebration, light, and reverence.