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Paraments hanging from an Advent wreath in a Methodist church.

Paraments or Parements (from Late Latin paramentum, adornment, parare, to prepare, equip) are the hangings or ornaments of a room of state. Paraments include the liturgical hangings on and around the altar, as well as the cloths hanging from the pulpit and lectern, as well as the ecclesiastical vestments and mitres, and altar cloths.

In most Christian churches using paraments (including Roman Catholic and a wide variety of Protestant denominations), the liturgical paraments change in color depending on the season of the church year.

  • Advent - purple (or in some traditions, blue)
  • Christmas - white
  • Lent - purple
  • Easter - white
  • Pentecost - red
  • "Common time" - green

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  •   This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Parament". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.