The Easter cross is draped in white signifying Christ Has Risen! White is the liturgical color used during the Easter season.
The Presbyterian Church (USA) and Covington Presbyterian Church have a calendar, known as the liturgical calendar, that identifies the festivals, seasons and activities in the Christian year. It provides a way to order the annual life of the church according to the life of Christ and history of His salvation.
The calendar begins with Advent, a season that looks forward to Christ’s coming again.
Christmas is a celebration of Christ’s birth and entry into our world.
Epiphany celebrates the arrival of the Magi at the birth of Christ and the proclamation that he was the incarnate Son of God.
Lent is a season of spiritual discipline and preparation that begins with Ash Wednesday. It concludes with Holy Week and remembering the atoning suffering and death of Jesus Christ.
In the Easter season we rejoice at the Lord’s resurrection and victory over death. It includes his post resurrection ministry until his Ascension. It continues through…
The Day of Pentecost when we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church.
Each of these special celebrations are identified with a specific color:
Purple is for seasons of preparation (Advent and Lent), although blue is often used interchangeably.
Red, representing spirit, is for the day of Pentecost and the gift of the Holy Spirit.
White symbolizes holiness and is used to emphasize the divinity of Christ. It is used on Christmas, Easter and when celebrating sacraments (baptism and communion).
Green is the color used for the majority of the year, known as “Ordinary Time,” when there is no specific celebration. It reminds us that God is always present among us.
The liturgical calendar starts in December with the season of Advent and is follwed by Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, and Pentecost.
CPC’s distinctive chancel window, by Stephen A. Wilson of Baton Rouge, was dedicated in October 1982. It is titled “Look, The Gates of Hell Are Falling.”
Wilson’s design seeks to convey the power of the risen Christ. Surrsounding the head of the triumphant risen Savior in shades of emerald green is a Star of David formed of a triangle pointing downward and merging with one from earth, suggesting that God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit –intersects with and ministers to all of man: body, soul, and spirit.
Jesus Christ is the brightest point of illumination, bearing the visible marks of the New Covenant, sealed in His blood that we might partake of eternal life. Shattered beneath Him are the gates of hell and the walls of darkness that could not overcome the True Light.