1 | Liturgical Colors – Chuck Knows Church

Posted By on December 20, 2019

You ever walk into your Sunday morning
worship service and realize, “Hey look the colors have changed!” Weren’t they green and now they’re all blue? How come they are never taupe? That’s why this time we’re talking about liturgical colors on Chuck Knows Church [fun intro music] Adorning your church sanctuary with
different colors is actually done for a reason based upon the liturgical calendar. you see the Christian year contains two cycles,
the Christmas cycle which includes Advent, Christmas and the Epiphany and the Easter cycle that includes Lent,
Easter and Pentecost. It’s a little confusing isn’t it uh… maybe
these charts will help. Within each cycle is a preparatory
season symbolized by the color purple. And also a festival season symbolized
by the color white. And after each season there’s an
ordinary season or time of growth symbolized by the color green. Thus there’s a sequence of seasons using
purple, white and green in that order twice a year. [hum hum hum as points] Now purple is the color of both
penitence and royalty, used during the preparatory seasons of Advent and Lent. Get that? Now white is the joyous or festive
color used during the Christmas or Easter seasons. Uh… except on the day
of Pentecost. which, uh, we’ll get to that in a minute. uh… Now green is the color of growth used in the season’s after the Epiphany, and after Pentecost. Except when you know, special days call for.. white.. or.. uh… red, which I’ve.. Red, being the color of fire symbolizing the Holy
Spirit right is only used on the day of Pentecost and, uh,.. [whispering to self] slide this one over You saw on the day.. We use is occasionally, sparingly more likely so it’s more effective and along enough um… Now creativity when using color from a different days
and seasons is encouraged. Be sure to check with your pastor if you want to learn more. And tell them Chuck sent ya’. I don’t even know where to start.

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This article has 18 comments

  1. To add a little more: Blue is an accepted alternative color for advent, emphasizing royalty of the incarnate Christ. Gray (grey?) is often used in lent. Gold can be used alongside white during the celebratory seasons of Christmas and Easter. Varying shades of these colors can also be used very effectively.

  2. Very good basic overview. Concise but very informative and extremely well presented – thanks for posting. You have a new subscriber.

  3. In addition to what Carter Cortelyou added, Oxblood or Passiontide Red is sometimes used for Palm Sunday and during Holy Week until and sometimes including Maundy Thursday if the typical White or Gold is not for that day. Rose is sometimes used for 3rd Advent and 4th Lent (Gaudete & Laetare Sundays), and Black (typically with White or Gold) is sometimes used for Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, All Souls', and for funerals.

  4. Do you suppose Jesus, Paul, and the early church were concerned about what colors were up in their home churches? Just saying. What verse is Lent found in the Bible. Just saying.

  5. Love to watch Chuck.  I have learned so much about the church. He does a great job of explaining and I can't wait to see what the next episode will be.  Thanks for doing these.


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