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Immanuel and St Andrew

The Parish Church of Immanuel and St Andrew, Streatham

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Colours for different seasons.

Page 6 of a Guide to the Christian Year

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Colours for different seasons.

One way to remind us what season it is and what that season has to teach us is to use different colours in church during the different seasons. At Immanuel we do not have much that is coloured - usually only part of the priest's robes, particularly the stole that he or she wears round his or her neck. In some churches there may be more coloured things that can be changed with the season, for example, hangings behind or on the front of the altar. The colours that are normally used are:

There are many variations, for example, Gold (usually White with gold ornamentation) is sometimes used at the major feasts such as Christmas and Easter, leaving plain White for the season that follows and lesser occasions. Black may be used for funerals and on Good Friday. In many churches, coloured items are removed for Good Friday and Holy Saturday (the Saturday following), and Red may be used just for the special Good Friday liturgy. The purple of Lent may remain for the early part of Holy Week. Pink may be used in place of purple on Gaudete Sunday in Advent and Laetare Sunday (Mothering Sunday) in Lent. There are no hard and fast rules!

Note. Although it is similar to the priest's stole the blue scarf worn by Readers has no "Seasonal" significance. It is the "badge" of a Reader and the same colour is worn at all times.

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Author's note. The material above and on the associated pages has been written with the prime purpose of helping members of Immanuel and St Andrew's to understand church teaching and practice. However, the information given is entirely the responsibility of the the author, David Gray, and does not necessarily reflect the view of all members of the Ministry Team or PCC (Parochial Church Council). Corrections and comments are, of course, welcome!

Copyright David Gray 2007


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Links to related pages...

Introduction - Seasons? What seasons? (p1)

The Seasons around Christmas
Advent, Christmas and Epiphany (p2)

The Seasons around Good Friday and Easter
Lent, Passiontide, Holy Week and Easter (p3)

"Ordinary" Time (p4)

Saints' Days and Holy Days (p5)

Colours for different seasons (p6)


Worship and Teaching Programme
"Seasons of the Spirit"

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