Liturgical Colors Top Title

The liturgical year is celebrated in a number of ways and one of them is by changing the color of the seasons to match the festival being studied in the Gospels as we follow the life and ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ. Here is the schema of the colors and why we use them.

Color Gold
Pascha - Gold
The Feast of Pascha and Sundays following will use the color of Gold. Gold is a color of purity and beauty thus is used for those occasions of special celebration.

Color Green
Pentecost (Season) - Green
The season of Pentecost is the long period of time between the birth of the Church, celebrated on Pentecost Sunday, and the Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross of Christ when the Holy Spirit is at work in the world through the people of God making converts and building the kingdom.
Color Red
Pentecost (Sunday) - Red
The Feast of Pentecost is the celebration of the provision of the promise of the Father when in the Acts of the Apostles we see the Holy Spirit descend upon the disciples in the upper room in Jerusalem. Red indicates the fire of the Holy Spirit that not only energizes but also purifies. It is also symbolic of blood thus is used when celebrating the feast days of Martyrs.
Color Orange
Harvestide - Orange
The Season of Harvestide occurs from the second Sunday after the Exultation of the Cross to the Feast of the Nativity. As Celtic Christians we cherish the changing of seasons, the beauty of the fall colors, the remembrance of our loved ones who have passed into Paradise before us, the wonders of nature and the glorious creation of the masters handiwork. All of these are reflected upon during the season of Harvestide as we prepare for the celebration of the Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Color Gold
Nativity - Gold
The Feast of the Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and Sundays following. This is the time when the Church has adopted as the point in the year when it celebrates the birth of Jesus in the town of Bethlehem of modest circumstances in a manger with the virgin Mary His mother and Joseph His protector and the animals as the witnesses of its happening. Later He had company, but that is another story.
Color White
Theophany (Baptism of Jesus) - White
This color is for the Feast day and Sundays following. Theophany is a Christian feast intended to celebrate the 'shining forth' or revelation of God to humankind in human form, in the person of Jesus. The observance had its origins in the eastern Christian churches, and included the birth of Jesus; the visit of the Magi, or Wise Men (traditionally named Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar) who arrived in Bethlehem; and all of Jesus' childhood events, up to his baptism in the Jordan by John the Baptist. The feast was initially based on, and viewed as a fulfillment of, the Jewish Feast of Lights. This was fixed on January 6. White is a sign of purity and cleanliness thus it is worn at times when the celebration is for marriage, baptism, and burial. All of which represent in their own way a new beginning.
Color Violet
Great Lent - Violet
Great Lent is a forty day period prior to Holy Week which precedes the great Feast of Pascha. This period time in the church cycle of weeks has grown into a rather complicated and mechanical formula of fasting and self denial that is in some fashion supposed to make the participant more holy and prepare the person somehow for a more holy Pascha. Lent can be a beautiful time of renewal. A time of refreshment and tender return to a more sincere love relationship with Jesus Christ and with our brethren. It can provide a focused opportunity for scripture reading, devotional reading, or quiet times of meditation and reflection. For Lent to be Holy, it must not be a time of works righteousness, but rather a time of sincere honesty with God regardless of what we may or may not do. It would be better to do nothing honestly than to do a great deal in the dishonesty of empty ritual in preparation for a Holy Pascha.