|Advent Angel Banner
The Advent Angel Banner is made on a contemporary blue fabric to match
the blue paraments. The color blue, which represents truth, is the color
of the clear sky and of water, and is thus also a symbol of purity. It's
use during Advent is meant to bring hope in God's truth; in royal shades,
blue heralds the coming of the King.
The theme for this banner is taken from Matthew 1:21, as the angel
appeared to Joseph and said, "She will have a Son, and you will name him
Jesus", and Luke 1:31, as the angel appeared to Mary, "You will become
pregnant and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus."
The angel wings are made from a white lame and dressed in a blue and
gold metallic material. The letters "And Mary will have a Son" are
made from a light blue metallic material. The angel is outlined in a black
metallic cording, and the angel clothing is outlined in white yarn cording.
The color purple, symbolizing humility and penitence, is used on a
strip across the bottom of the banner. The strip is outlined in white and
gold cording. Two more advent symbols are used on this strip to match the
paraments. The Christmas Rose, messianic prophecy, derives it's meaning
from the 35th chapter of Isaiah where it is stated that the desert shall
blossom os a rose at the coming of the glory of God. The rose also symbolizes
love and reminds us during Advent of the words "For God so loved the world..."
John 3:16. The manger is a symbol of the nativity. The two symbols are
made from different colors of metallic material.
The symbols on the alter cloths are the Greek Cross with all arms of
equal length. Also the four candles symbolize Christ, the light of the
world, and are lighted in sequence during the four Sundays of Advent.
The pulpit and lectern symbols are the Chi and the Rho cross, the first
two letters in the Greek word for Christ. Also the Greek Cross is
formed on the Chi-Rho Cross. The sun and the moon occasionally denotes
the old and new testaments, and also signal the destruction of the world.
The moon also represents birth, death and resurrection. As christians confessed
Jesus to be God's Son, they thought of him also as the sun, but even more,
the light of the world.
The Alpha and Omega, in the Greek alphabet, are the first and the last
letter respectively. This identified Jesus as the first and the last. The
crown, a symbol of authority and power, and the flame on top of the crown;
again, Christ is the light of the world.