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Paraments – Purple – For Lent


When Displayed Lenten paraments are displayed from Ash Wednesday up to, but not on, Maundy Thursday. The white paraments are in place on Easter Sunday

Color Deep purple

Symbolism Jerusalem Cross, a large four armed, four quadrant gold and lighter purple with smaller crosses placed in the spaces created by the central cross. They are outlined in white. The Jerusalem Cross is rich in symbolism and meaning and goes by many different names, including the Crusader’s Cross. This Jerusalem Cross represents Christ’s command to spread the Gospel around the world, a mission that started in Jerusalem. It was part of the coat of arms of the short-lived Jerusalem Kingdom (1099-1203 A.D.). It is a busy collection of five crosses and the most common interpretations are: A combination of the Old Testament teachings (the four Tau crosses) and the New Testament teachings (the four Greek crosses). The four evangelists, Mathew, Mark, Luke and John, with Christ in the center. Christianity (central cross) broadcast by missionaries to the four corners of the world. Five crosses representing the five wounds of Jesus on the cross (small crosses for the hands and feet, and a large central cross for the spear wound in his side).

Fabric Dupioni silk

You will notice in the photos below there is a coordinated set of three paraments. One for the pulpit, one for the communion table and one for the lector’s stand.

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