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Liturgical colours are colours of vestments and church decorations within a Christian liturgy. The symbolism of purple, white, green, red, gold and black may serve to underline moods appropriate to a season of the liturgical year or may highlight a special occasion.
Generally, in the Roman Catholic Church, green is used in Ordinary Time; purple is worn through Advent and Lent; white or gold during the Christmas and Easter seasons (including the Easter Triduum, except for Good Friday), and also on other special occasions, such as the feast of a saint who was not a martyr or a holy day of obligation; and red at Pentecost, on Good Friday, on the feast day of a saint who was also a martyr, and certain other special occasions consecrated to the Holy Spirit.
In many Protestant churches, particularly those with Anglican origins, blue rather than purple is used during Advent, and crimson is used during Holy Week (formerly in the last two weeks before Easter). Some churches replace purple during Lent (except Holy Week) with a Lenten array consisting of unbleached muslin cloth (varying in color but usually ranging from off-white to beige) with accents of crimson or black.