Liturgical Colours Liturgical colours are colours of vestments and church decorations within a Christian liturgy and they play a very significant role in our Catholic faith. The Catholic Church goes through a cycle of a liturgical year, in which the Church celebrate and partake in a particular aspect of Christs life. The symbolism of purple, white, green, red, gold, black, and rose serves to underline moods appropriate to a season of the liturgical year or highlight a special occasion. “The purpose of a variety in colour of the sacred vestments is to give effective expression even outwardly to the specific character of the mysteries of faith being celebrated and to a sense of Christian life’s passage through the course of the liturgical year.” – GIRM 345 White Violet light innocence purity penance joy humility triumph melancholy glory Season of Advent Season of Lent Season of Christmas Season of Easter Note: violet, literally "amaranth red," is the colour of Bishops, Feasts of the Lord, other than of His passion Archbishops, and Patriarchs non-liturgical dress Feasts of Mary, the angels, and saints who were not martyrs All Saints (1 November) Feasts of the Apostles BLACK Nuptial Masses mourning Masses for the dead (Requiem Masses) when the deceased sorrow is a baptised child who died before the age of reason All Souls Day Note: White is the colour of Popes non-liturgical dress. White can be replaced by Silver. Masses for the dead (Requiem Masses), except for baptised children RED who have died before the age of reason the Passion blood fire Gods Love martyrdom ROSE joy Feasts of the Lords passion, Blood, and Cross (includingAdvent Holy Week Good Friday) Gaudete Sunday (Third Sunday of• The season of four weeks of waiting for the birth our Lord • Also known as Holy Triduum (Triduum means three days) Feasts of the martyrs (including the Apostles and Advent)Jesus Christ. • Comprises Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. Evangelists except for St John) Laetare Sunday (Fourth Sunday of • Fasting and abstinence on Good Friday Palm Sunday Lent)Christmas Pentecost• The Feast of the birth our Lord Jesus Christ. Easter Note: Red is the colour of Cardinals non-liturgical dress• Also known as Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ. • Celebrates the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. GOLD• Christmas ends with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord • Begins on Easter Sunday and ends with Pentecost. GREENLent Ordinary Time• Begins with Ash Wednesday and ends on Palm Sunday. • Derives its name from “ordinal”, meaning "numbered," the Holy Ghost joy life eternal• Emphasis on fasting, prayer and almsgiving since the Sundays of Ordinary Time are expressed hope• Call to repentance and conversion. numerically. Gold can replace white, red, or green• Fasting and abstinence for Ash Wednesday. • Comprises up to 34 weeks; the larger part of the liturgical year. (but not purple or black) Ordinary Time • Basically all parts of the year that does not fall within Advent, Christmas, Lent, or Easter.