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Epiphany Scrolling Banner

On the first Sunday of January 2014, observed as The Epiphany of Our Lord, the congregation of Crown of Life Lutheran Church, San Antonio, Texas – for the first time – saw the second of four scrolling banners proposed and designed by the Center for Liturgical Art. Each one is 35 feet long, but sewn as a ‘loop’; 17.5 feet are visible at any one time.

The first of these scrolling banners was delivered by Mark Anschutz and hung for Holy Week of 2012. It is now being used from Ash Wednesday to Good Friday at Crown of Life.

This new banner will hang each Church Year on the back wall of the Chancel from Epiphany Sunday through the Transfiguration of Our Lord.

The star is the first prominent element, for God used the light of a star to lead Gentile Magi to the Savior of all the nations. The background color is white, suggesting the continuation of the Christmas Festival into celebration of Christ’s Epiphany.

Blue also appears immediately to remind us of the Baptism of Our Lord – and our own – remembered on the Sunday after the Epiphany. The banner will then scroll slowly for the weeks before Transfiguration Sunday, the time in which the Church – green is the color of her life – reflects on Christ’s mission being revealed by His teaching and His miracles.

The final scrolling will display bright and glorious colors for, on the mountain of transfiguration, Jesus revealed His glory to the disciples and they heard the Father’s voice, “This is My beloved Son, with Whom I am well pleased; listen to Him” (Matthew 17:5).

This congregation gives thanks for the skills, encouragement, and leadership of the Center for Liturgical Art – especially for student artist Briar McCoy’s design – as well as for the dedicated servants at Crown of Life who traced and cut and ironed and sewed to bring this Epiphany Scrolling Banner to completion.

To God alone be the glory.

Michael Scheer