Our church uses liturgical colors to signify the special seasons of the Christian calendar. The date of Easter is set in this fashion. It falls on the first Sunday, after the first full moon following the Vernal Equinox. Lent precedes that date by 40 days, excluding Sundays. The colors for Lent is purple.
On Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter a “rugged cross” is placed in the Church. It is hung with purple, signifying penitence and royalty. It remains in place for Holy Week and is draped in black on Good Friday to the darkness of sin. It is draped in white on Easter morning. The cross is placed in a prominent place to signify that the cross is the way to Christian faith.
The paraments (draperies on the pulpit) are changed with the liturgical seasons. Purple for Lent, left bare for Good Friday symbolizing Jesus sacrificial death and white for Easter. The Day of Pentecost ends a fifty-day celebration of Easter. Red is used on Pentecost to symbolize the fire of the Holy Spirit. Trinity Sunday follows on the next Sunday with white paraments symbolizing the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Days other than special days are hung with the color green to signify Ordinary Time. Each Sunday the church bulletin announces the name of the day on the second page.[/responsivevoice]