Episcopal Church Colors
Each church season has its own set of special colors signifying special events and celebrations. You will find these colors in our altar linens and clergy vestments to underscore the season and accentuate our worship.
Purple, or Blue, is used during the seasons of Advent and Lent. Purple is a penitential color which is sometimes used for burials.
White, or Gold, is used at Christmas, Easter, Ascension tide, Transfiguration and at weddings and baptisms. The colors symbolize joy. These colors are often used now at burials to symbolize the joy of the resurrection.
Red, or Scarlet, is used at Pentecost and on Saint's days (martyrs only). Red is also used for confirmations and ordinations. It symbolizes the "tongues of fire" of the Holy Spirit, as well as blood.
Green is used during the seasons of Epiphany and Pentecost. It is the universal color and symbolizes creation, nature and hope.
Black is used on Good Friday. It symbolizes grief.