For all of the Catholic
s out there, devout or otherwise, did you ever wonder why the colors of the vestments sometimes differed from Mass
to Mass? Well, it turns out that the vestments are not just a fashion statement, they are used to represent the mood
of the Mass being celebrated. The color of the altar
cloth and the celebrant's sash
will be of this color. There are four possible vestment colors:
Violet - Represents Expectation, Purification, or Penance. It is used during Lent and Advent.
White or Gold - Represents Joy and Triumph. Used during the Pashal Triduum, Easter and Christmas, as well as Holy Days and Feast Days throughout the year.
Red - Represents Royalty, Fire and Martyrdom. Used on special Feast Days and holy Days throughout the year.
Green - A sign of Life and Growth. Represents something called Ordinary Time.