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The Meaning of Colors in Gospel Symbolism:


White: Purity, virginity, innocence, and birth are symbolized with this color. White is one of the liturgical colors of Christmas and Easter.

Black: Said to represent the absolute, constancy, eternity or the womb. Black is the liturgical color of Good Friday.

Red (Scarlet): Redemption, sacrifice, passion. Signifies charity, spiritual awakening. In the Christian symbolism, it denotes Holy Spirit. It is the color of Pentecost.

Royal Blue: Signifies the blue skies or the life-giving air and often signifies hope or good health. Means celestial, dignity and represents the Holly Spirit. It is an alternate color for the season of Advent and Christmas Eve.

Green: Life, new life, eternal life. In the Christian context, it represents hope and the victory of life over death. It is the color of Christmas.

Purple: Speaks of fasting, faith, patience and trust. It is the liturgical color used during seasons of penance, Advent and Lent. Also represents majesty, royalty.

Orange: Symbolic of endurance and strength, orange is the color of fire and flame. It represents the red of passion tempered by the yellow of wisdom. It is the symbol of the sun. It also means prayer, as well as sowing and harvest. Yellow: Light, purity, youth, happiness, the harvest, earthiness, hospitality, love and benevolence.

Brown: Humanity. It is symbolic of the earth and was often the color of a monks robe, signifying humility and God's connection with the commonplace and the ordinary.

Grey: Death, elderly, sadness.

Pink: Redemption, love, fraternity. Itís the color of the third week of advent.

Rainbow: Hope, union, promise.

Bronze: Richness, elegance, strength.

Silver: Accomplishment, redemption, strength.

Gold: Eternity, service, joy, happiness.
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