Draping an Easter Cross?

March 22, 2013

Draping an Easter CrossDo you drape the cross that is placed over the baptistery with a cloth at Easter?

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The cross gets draped with a purple cloth (and thorn of crowns if you want) during Holy Week; replace it with a white cloth before Easter morning.

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April 16, 2015

How long do you leave the white pall on the cross after Easter?

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The white cloth should remain on the cross from Easter Sunday to Ascension Day. This is celebrated on a Thursday, 39 days after Easter Sunday.

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April 18, 2022

Why is the Crucifixion Cross draped?


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The cross is draped in purple for Easter because Christ is the king. Purple is the color for royalty.

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You will receive several versions of why and when the cross is draped with different colors but most have the same definition, only worded in different manners.


Check these links to see what different denominations have on their website: These are only two sites but you can see the information is basically the same.

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There are several colors used to drape the cross @ Easter:
Purple- Symbolism of the color purple has to do with penitence, remembrance, royalty, and spiritual wealth.
White- Symbolizes purity, grace, and the resurrection of Jesus.
Red- Symbolizes the blood of Jesus & signifies love, suffering, and Jesus' ultimate sacrifice.


Pink- Symbolizes new beginnings and joyful hope.
Gold- Symbolizes glory and Jesus' triumph over death.
Black- Symbolizes the suffering and death of Jesus on the cross.
Green- Symbolizes rebirth and the promise of eternal life.

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Lent, Passion, and Easter are the only times the Cross is draped in Liturgical year. The Cross is draped in, 1. Purple- for suffering, 2. Black- Crucifixion, 3.- White- Resurrection

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The Crucifixion Cross is draped for the symbolic depiction of the Easter season.
The color of the Lenten Seasonin is purple, so the purple cloth will remain on the Crosses from Ash Wednesday to Maundy Thursday to remind us of the Season of preparing for Jesuss crucifixion and resurrection.


On Good Friday through Saturday (Day of Silence) the Crosses will be draped in black because the death of Christ.
Easter Sunday though Ascension Day, the white cloth will remain on the crosses and symbolize the resurrection of Christ.
The crosses will then be rendered barren until the next Lenten Season.

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The drapery of the cross is a Christian tradition to commemorate important events in the life of Jesus.
Several colors are associated with Easter and have deep symbolic meanings in Christian contexts. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, these associations began as early as the 1100s, when Pope Innocent III set out descriptions of the appropriate colors to be used during specific liturgical proceedings.


Today, many of these colors are still used to celebrate the Easter season: purple, white, red, pink, black, green, gold.

Three different colors of fabric are used in draping the cross during the Easter season (beginning with Palm Sunday and continuing through His Ascension to Heaven): purple, black, and white.

On Palm Sunday, the cross should be draped in purple fabric, which represents Jesus' royalty - it signifies the importance of Jesus Christ entering Jerusalem as King.

On Good Friday, the cross should be draped in black fabric, representing the death of Jesus Christ as full payment for the sins of all mankind.

On Easter Sunday, the cross should be draped in white until Ascension Day, which occurs 39 days after Easter Sunday. The white draping represents the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.


The empty cross is a reminder to all the world that "God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).

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