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Lent Banners and Paraments

February 13, 2024

The liturgical season of Lent is the time from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday. The sackcloth permeated with ashes against the royal purple cloth symbolizes the suffering and sorrow that Jesus the King bore for the sin in our broken world and our own lives. And it reminds us of our need for humble self-examination and sorrowful repentance before God.

In Old Testament times, people would wear a course cloth made from goat or camel’s hair or flax or hemp that was used to make sacks, hence the name sackcloth. They would also dust the cloth and themselves with ashes as a sign of mourning. It was also used to show repentance and sorrow for sin and humbleness before God.

The sackcloth-permeated ashes used in the banners were designed and fabricated by David Versluis, the Chair of LaGrave’s Visual Arts Committee.