Lenten Season Traditions and Liturgical Colors

The 40-day season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, February 10. IMG_1632The liturgical color is purple in remembrance of the royalty of Christ who reigns from the cross.  The gates, altar and pulpit paraments, pastor’s stole, and entry door wreaths will change to purple.  A purple cloth is draped over our shepherd’s cross during this season.

Lent lasts 40 days as did other significant biblical events such as the flood of Noah, Moses’ visit with God on Sinai, Elijah’s walk to the mountain of God, and Jesus’ temptation in the desert.  The overall tone is typically a time of restraint when the congregation does not sing “Alleluia” during the liturgy and minimizes decorations such as flowers in the sanctuary.