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Church Colours

What colours are used throughout the Roman Catholic year?


  • What is your favourite colour?
  • Does your school have a special colour?
  • Is there a sports team that you support; do they have a special colour?

Did you know, some churches use special colours to help them celebrate or remember special times during the year?

The Roman Catholic church is one example. This timeline helps to explore what those colours are and when they are used.

Green Robes
Green robes are worn at ordinary times in the church year and are a symbol of growth.
Red Robes
Red robes are worn during Holy Week and Whitsun (Pentecost) and also on martyr's and saints' days. The altar cloths will also be red.
White Robes
White robes are worn for the major Christian festivals - Easter, Christmas and Ascension Day. They are also worn on some saints' days.
Purple Robe
Purple robes are worn during times of fasting - particularly Lent and Advent.