Catholic Church Decoration Ideas

Updated July 20, 2017

In the Catholic religion, a liturgical year is comprised of six seasons: Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Pentecost and Ordinary Time. Some of these seasons offer opportunities to utilise Catholic Church decoration ideas to beautify the interior of the church building. When decorating any house of worship, take care to respect the sacredness of the building and the rituals practised within it. During certain seasons, adhere to specific colour schemes or themes when decorating a Catholic Church.


Catholic Church decoration ideas for the Christmas season should primarily focus on the creche, or nativity scene, which depicts the birth of Jesus. Although Christmas trees are a secular sign of Christmas, they, too, are often used to adorn a church's interior. When used, Christmas trees should simply enhance the nativity scene. Red poinsettia flowers can also be used in pots or urns on the altar, or in swags tied to the ends of each pew.


During the Lenten season, Catholic Church decoration ideas should incorporate the colour purple. Purple is used in the Catholic Church throughout Lent for symbolic purposes. Since purple is associated with mourning, the colour reflects Jesus Christ's pain and suffering during the crucifixion. And since the colour purple is also associated with royalty, the Catholic Church uses it to celebrate Christ's sovereignty. The altar table and pulpits may be draped with purple cloth during Lent.

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday commemorates Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem, when crowds of people waved palm fronds at him and scattered them on the ground as he came through the city. Catholic Church decoration ideas for Palm Sunday can include urns filled with palm fronds. These can be placed on the altar or anywhere around the church.


Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. It is a day of rejoicing. Flowers of all kinds, including Easter lilies, can be used to decorate the inside of a Catholic Church during the Easter season. The word, "Alleluia" may be written on signs or cloth banners and displayed inside or outside a Catholic Church during Easter. "Alleluia" is an exclamation of praise to God.

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