Paraments for Passion Sunday and Holy Week

For years most Lutheran congregations used only purple for Lent and Holy Week. That began to change in 1981 when two new colors were introduced with the revised lectionary: blue for Advent and scarlet for Passion Sunday and Holy Week.

Thanks to a generous donation in memory of Harold Hain, we recently acquired a set of scarlet paraments and dedicated them this past Sunday.

This is a picture of the superfrontal. The lamb with a gash in its side is a traditional symbol of Christ who is the “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” The lamb is standing on a palm branch as a reminder of Christ’s entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. The lamb appears sad, because he knows he will soon die for the sins of the people. The black bars and blood-red cross are also reminders of Christ’s death.

The pulpit is adorned with this antependium. The lamp is a traditional symbol for the Word of God. The leafy branch a symbol of new life.

These exquisitely embroidered paraments were made for us by the Gaspard company.

What are Lenten Vespers?

In the Lutheran church, Vespers is the traditional service for afternoon and evening prayer. It consists of selected Psalms and hymns, a scripture reading, a brief sermon, the Magnificate, and various prayers. Often, much of the service is sung. It usually lasts between a half hour and 45 minutes depending upon the length of the sermon.

It is customary for Lutheran congregations to meet on Wednesday evenings during the season of Lent to reflect upon Christ’s passion. Generally penitential Psalms are used and the lesson is drawn from a roughly chronological account of Christ’s last supper, arrest, and crucifixion that has been assembled from the four Gospels.

Recently for Lent at St. Paul, Pastor Hinkle preached a series on the seven things Christ said from the cross. You will find the first sermon in the series here.

Banners for Sundays After Pentecost

Some women in our congregation spent several months designing and constructing the banners pictured here.

A picture of our sanctuary showing the new banners.

A picture of our sanctuary showing the banners.

The banner on the left has symbols for each of the three persons of the Holy Trinity.

The Father

FatherThe open hand for the Father comes from Psalm 145:16, “You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.”  The circle around the hand is a symbol of God’s eternal being, without beginning or end.

The Son

SonThe use of a lamb to represent Christ dates to John the Baptist, who pointed Jesus out as “the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world”  (John 1:29).  He stands in front of a cross as a reminder that he had to die to take away our sin.

The Holy Spirit

Holy SpiritThe Spirit is represented by a dove because he took that form at Jesus’ baptism.



The banner on the right represents the Word and Sacraments.  Through these means, God bestows and strengthens faith.

The Word of God

Word BannerThe Word of God is represented by an open book. The cross behind the book reminds us that the entire Bible speaks of Christ.


Baptism BannerThe shell with water dripping from it represents baptism, which is often done by pouring water over the one who is being baptized.

The Sacrament of the Altar

Supper BannerThe cup, wafer, and stalk of wheat, represent the Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion. The cross on the wafer is a reminded that we receive Christ’s body and blood in the sacrament along with the bread (the stalk of wheat) and wine.

Thank you ladies for your hard work which has produced excellent results.