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What is blue used for and in what Rite/denominations? I know the basic pink/red/green/white(substitute Gold)/purple/black but I have never heard of blue being used.
I say an Anglican priest wearing a blue chasuble once and in researching Orthodox and Eastern Rite vestments I noticed blue.
Does anyone know what this is used for?
In the Byzantine Catholic Church light blue is used as one of the light colors. It is most common for feasts of the Theotokos. (Bright colors are for celebration of feasts except for martyrs and for the Sundays following a feast.) One may see light blue used for the Conception of St. Anne (Dec 8/9), or Annunciation (Mar 25), or the Dormition (Aug 15).
Blue is a heavenly color. Often the Theotokos is shown with red over blue and Christ with blue over red. (There are also other symbolisms for the colors.)
I have this book by Michael Quenot,*** The Icon: Window on the Kingdom***. He wrote onp. 115:... the Virgin Theotokos dressed in a red maphorian, symbol of her humanity, and a blue robe, symbol of the divine, for she is the human creature who bore in her womb the Son of God.
(There are also other symbolisms for the colors.)