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Do liturgical colors vary based on a church's denomination?

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Liturgical colors vary slightly depending on a church's denomination. Many denominations follow the Revised Common Lectionary, which was compiled by representatives from 19 denominations across the United States and Canada.

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Do liturgical colors vary based on a church's denomination?
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Denominations which use the Revised Common Lectionary to determine their liturgical colors show little variation. For example, the Episcopalian Church may use purple, violet or royal blue as their liturgical colors during the Advent Season, but the United Methodist Church uses purple. The most common liturgical colors are violet, white, green, red and gold. Denominations such as the Russian Orthodox Church and those whose lections are derived from the Byzantine Rite frequently use additional colors.

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