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Old Sep 18, '07, 8:14 pm
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Can someone pls explain to me the meaning of the different color of priests' robe. I understand purple is usually worn during Advent and Lent and red during wedding or Xmas; green for ordinary and gold for ????

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Red for martyrs.
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Old Sep 18, '07, 9:59 pm
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Gold/Yellow with White for Holy Days, Christmas and Easter.
Red for Pentecost - blood of martrys - Maundy Thursday and Palm Sunday
Black - used on Good Friday and Holy Saturday
Pink/Rose - 3rd or 4th Sunday in Advent
Violet/Purple - symbolize pain, suffering, penance - Season of Lent.

A good Catholic Calendar will tell what colors on used on that day.
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Old Sep 18, '07, 10:03 pm
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What is this "Xmas" you speak of? I know of no such feast...
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Old Sep 18, '07, 10:28 pm
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What about a green robe?
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Old Sep 18, '07, 10:46 pm
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The "robe" is the alb, which is always white. The Stole, Chasuble or Dalmatic are vestments worn over the alb which may be colored as others here have indicated. Green indicates Ordinary Time. Additionally, blue is sometimes worn for Feasts in honor of our Lady or votive Masses in honor of our Lady celebrated on Saturdays in Ordinary Time when permitted.
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The "robe" is the alb, which is always white. The Stole, Chasuble or Dalmatic are vestments worn over the alb which may be colored as others here have indicated. Green indicates Ordinary Time. Additionally, blue is sometimes worn for Feasts in honor of our Lady or votive Masses in honor of our Lady celebrated on Saturdays in Ordinary Time when permitted.
No Ordinary time in the old Rite, only Sundays after Pentecost.
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What is this "Xmas" you speak of? I know of no such feast...
The X is the first letter of the word Xtos (ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ) or Christos.
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The X is the first letter of the word Xtos (ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ) or Christos.
Interesting...

Honestly didnt know that. Though I will still wonder about intent when considering the usage of the word 'Xmas'.
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Interesting...

Honestly didnt know that. Though I will still wonder about intent when considering the usage of the word 'Xmas'.
Well, it least it has Christian antecedents, unlike "Chrishanukwansa" or whatever some people are suggesting we call the "Winter Holiday" these days.
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<<What is this "Xmas" you speak of? I know of no such feast...>>

Get over yourself. X is the first letter of the Greek word XPICTOC, the Greek spelling of "Christ", and is commonly used in abbreviations such as "Xn" for Christian, and (deal with it!) "X'mas" for Christmas.

It was an abbreviation that St. Elizabeth of Moscow did not hesitate to use, and was NOT considered sacreligious.
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Many thanks for all your contribution!
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Red for martyrs.
well I have never been to a wedding where red vestments were worn, as OP has, but that explains a lot.

the color of the vestment corresponds to the liturgical season or feast
green for ordinary time
purple for Advent and Lent, with rose on the 3rd Sunday of advent and 4th Sunday of Lent, because the introductory prayer for those Sundays begins with Latin words meaning "rejoice" so the penitential color of purple is lightened a bit. The advent vestments can be a less deep shade than the Lenten ones.
Red for the Passion, for martyrs, and for Pentecost for the Holy Spirit
White for great feasts and solemnities, Christmas, Easter etc.

black used to be used for funerals and it is still permitted in some places

light blue is permitted in some places for Marian feasts.
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No Ordinary time in the old Rite, only Sundays after Pentecost.
Lest anyone get the wrong idea about "Ordinary" time, it doesn't mean normal, customary, regular, or anything like that. It means the days, excluding the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, etc., are counted, in a certain order.

Remember that ordinal numbers refer to those used for counting (1, 2, 3, 4....)

In that sense, Ordinary time is the same kind of idea as "Sundays after Pentecost". The beginning and ending points are just different.

The part about wearing green is the same...
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[quote=SMHW;2743386]Lest anyone get the wrong idea about "Ordinary" time, it doesn't mean normal, customary, regular, or anything like that. It means the days, excluding the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, etc., are counted, in a certain order.

Remember that ordinal numbers refer to those used for counting (1, 2, 3, 4....)

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THANK YOU!!!!! I am so tired of hearing the words "ordinary time" ....as if there is anything ordinary about our liturgical year!!!!!!!


Also....the only place that has permission to use blue vestments is South America. Many other places have petitioned for permission - but they have all been denied.

That is not to say that blue cannot be used to accent a vestment - the rule is that it has to be at least 51% the correct liturgical color.
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