For many centuries purple, representing the message of ’repentance’ has been the color of Lent. The purple cloth remains on the cross from Ash Wednesday to Maundy Thursday.
The cross draped in black, represents Good Friday. The black cloth remains on the cross from Good Friday, through Saturday (Day of Silence).
The cross draped in white represents Resurrection Sunday Morning (Easter Sunday). The white cloth remains on the cross from Easter Sunday through Ascension Day when the cross is rendered barren until next Lenten season.
Lent is a time for self-reflection and deepening one’s relationship with God in Jesus Christ. For many this season leading up to Easter will be weeks of giving up something they enjoy as a sign of contrition for mistakes they have made.
Check out these 10 tips for a more meaningful Lent shared by Umc.org.