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.

Advent Angel Banner, North Salem Lutheran Church, Upper Sandusky, OH
~
North Salem Lutheran Church, Upper Sandusky, OH