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Colors Used in Liturgical Worship
Black
Black is symbolic of death, and as such is used as the liturgical color for Good Friday.
Blue
Blue, the color of the sky, is symbolic of heaven. It may also be used to symbolize truth. Blue is gaining acceptance as a liturgical color for Advent.
Brown
Brown is the color of spiritual death and degradation.
Gray
Gray is the color of ash, and as such is sometimes used to represent repentance and may be used during Lent. As a medium between black and white, it is sometimes used to express the mortality of the body and the immortality of the spirit.
Green
Green is the color of plant life, abundant in spring. It is used to represent the triumph of life over death. Green is the liturgical color for the Sundays after Pentecost in some traditions, and may be used during Epiphany in others.
Purple (Violet)
Purple is the color for penitence and mourning. It is also the color of royalty. Purple is the liturgical color for the seasons of Advent and Lent.
Red
Red is the color of blood, and so is used in the church as the liturgical color for the commemoration of martyred saints. As the color of fire, red is used as the liturgical color for Pentecost.
White
White has, since before biblical times, been recognized as a symbol of purity, innocence and holiness. It is the liturgical color for the Christmas and Easter seasons. White is sometimes represented by silver.
Yellow
Yellow is a color that serves a dual purpose. As the color of light, yellow may be used to represent divinity. However, because yellow light is not pure white, it may also be used to symbolize corruption and degradation.