Banners are highly decorated flags that are carried at the front of parades, especially of armies as seen every year at the Trooping of the Colour and the Queen’s official birthday celebrations. Unions and other organisation also declare their identity and pride in their organisation with banners.
In the military they were an important focal point for the troops when going into battle, representing the spirit and ethos of the regiment. Thus a soldier who carried the standard into battle was of critical tactical importance in motivating the troops to advance and if he was brought down, it was his sworn duty to pass the standard to another soldier before he died. Having the colours taken by the enemy was an ultimate disgrace for the regiment.
In the Christian world, banners are used to depict various aspects of Spiritual life - healing, pastoring, fellowship, children’s ministry, inspirational Biblical verses, etc. The list is endless.
In these instances, illustrations depicting the subject as placed upon a backcloth using applique, decoupage or embroidery. They can range from simple messages to extravagantly beautiful, almost priceless works of art.
They can then be hung on the church wall and on special occasions, paraded before the congregation just like the banner of old.
Their role in the church is to inspire, remind and educate the people but essentially to proclaim and confirm the righteousness and grace of God and to lift His Holy Name.
Lift up your heads, oh ye gates
And be lifted up, O ancient doors
That the King of glory may come in.
Who is the King of glory?
The Lord, strong and mighty.
The Lord mighty in battle,
He is the King of glory.
We will shout for joy when you are victorious and lift up our banners in the name of our God
But for those who fear You, You have raised a banner to be unfurled against the bow
He has taken me to the banqueting hall and his banner over me is love
Raise up a banner on a care hilltop, shout to them,