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The Christian Year and other Special Days
The Christian Year and other Special Days | Colours of the Christian Year | Advent | Christmas | Epiphany | Candlemas | Lent | Shrove Tuesday | Ash Wednesday | Mothering Sunday | Palm Sunday | Maundy Thursday | Good Friday | Holy Saturday | Easter | Ascension Day | Pentecost | Trinity | St. James's Day | Harvest Festival | All Saints Day and All Souls' Day | Remembrance Sunday

Colours of the Christian Year


The Christian Year celebrates different parts of the Christian faith during the course of twelve months so dividing the year into a series of seasons. Each season has its own mood, theological emphases, etc., which is shown in different ways of decorating churches. One of these ways varying colours according to the time of the Christian Year: white and gold for the light, joy, purity of Christ, Mary and the saints; red for the blood and fire of the Holy Spirit, martyrs and the Cross; purple or blue for the penitence and preparation of Advent and Lent; green for the hope and creation creation of all the other times of the year. These colours can be seen in the priest's outer vestment (chasuble) and the embroidered scarf (stole). It can also be seen in the altar frontal, the pulpit fall and bible book marks.

The Colour White (or Gold)

The church colour for Christmas is white.

Chasuble

Altar frontal

Altar frontal

Communion cloths

Communion cloths

The dalmatic

Dalmatic


The church colour for Christmas is white.

Stole

End of a stole End of a stole
Ends of stoles

Amice

Amice

The pulpit fall

Pulpit fall


The colour in the Church is white or gold during Christmas, Epiphany, Easter and for major Saints Days

White and gold are used for the light, joy and purity of Christ, Mary and the saints. White is the colour for the festive periods from Christmas Day to the Presentation of Christ in the temple and from Easter Day to the Eve of Pentecost. The colour is also white for Trinity Sunday, Festivals of Our Lord and the Blessed Virgin Mary, for All Saints' Day and for the festivals of those saints not worshipped as martyrs. It is used for the dedication of a church, at Holy Communion on Maundy Thursday and in thanksgiving for Holy Communion and Holy Baptism. It is used for marriages, and is suitable for baptism, confirmation and ordination, though red may be preferred. It may be used in preference to purple or black for funerals, and should be used at the funeral of a child.

Christmas is the festival when we remember the birth of Jesus.
Epiphany celebrates the visit of the three wise men to the baby Jesus.
Easter celebrates the resurrection (rising from the dead) of Jesus. Because Christianity's central belief is in the Resurrection, Easter is the most important Christian Festival. White and gold are dazzling and are used for 'best'.

The Colour Red

The Chasuble

Chasuble

TAltar frontal

Altar frontal

Communion cloths

Communion cloths

The dalmatic

Dalmatic


Stole

Stole

End of a stole End of a stole
Ends of stoles

Amice

Amice

The pulpit fall

Pulpit fall


The colour in the Church is red at Pentecost and principal feast days for martyrs, and days which emphasise the cross of Jesus
Red is used for the fire and blood of the Holy Spirit, martyrs and the Cross. Red is the colour of blood, and therefore the colour of martyrdom and is used for any service that commemorates the death of a martyr. Red is also the colour of fire and therefore also of the Holy Spirit so is used at services which concentrate on the Holy Spirit like baptism, confirmation and ordination. It is used during Holy Week (except at Holy Communion on Maundy Thursday), on the Feast of Pentecost, and for the feasts of those saints worshipped as martyrs. It can be used at services which focus on the Holy Spirit, and can therefore be used for baptism, confirmation and ordination.. Colours are traditionally taken away for Good Friday and Easter Eve, but red is the colour for the liturgy on Good Friday.

Pentecost is a festival that celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit from heaven to all Christians.

The Colour Purple

The Chasuble

Chasuble

Altar frontal

Altar frontal

Communion cloths

Communion cloths

The dalmatic

Dalmatic


Stole

Stole

End of a stole

End of a stole

Ends of stoles

Amice

Amice

The pulpit fall

Pulpit fall


The colour in the Church is purple during Advent and Lent

The colour purple may vary from Roman purple to violet. Being made from Murex shells, purple was the most expensive dye in Roman times, and so became a sign of wealth, power, and royalty as we prepare for the coming of Christ the King during Advent. It is also associated with mourning and so anticipates the pain and suffering of the crucifixion during Lent. It became associated with judgement because the Roman judges and senators used to wear purple robes. Purple is recommended for funerals and for the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed, although either black or white may be preferred. Since as Christians we prepare for our King through reflection and repentance, purple has also become a penitential color.

Advent is the period we prepare for Christmas.
Lent is the period we prepare for Easter.

The Colour Green

The Chasuble

Chasuble

Altar frontal

Altar frontal

Communion cloths

Communion cloths

The dalmatic

Dalmatic


Stole

Stole

End of a stole End of a stole
Ends of stoles

Amice

Amice

The pulpit fall

Pulpit fall


The colour in the Church is green when there are no festivals or special days like Saints Days

Green is for general use as it is considered to be a natural colour. It is the colour of vegetation, the colour of life and is used for the hope and creation during all other times of the year. There two such periods, one from the day after the Presentation of Christ in the Temple until Shrove Tuesday, and the other from the day after Pentecost until the eve of All Saints' Day, except when other special days occur. These two seasons are also called Ordinary Time because the Sundays have no names and there are no festivals or special days like Saints Days. Green may also be used, rather than red, between All Saints' Day and the First Sunday of Advent.

Further Information
Contacts
Contact the The Vicar on 020 8979 2069
Associated pages on this website Associated pages on this website:
The Colourful Christian Year (for youngsters in the Young St. James's section of the website) | The Christain Year and other Special Days

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