Over at NLM there is an interesting and serious post about Latin Rite blue vestments in Spain.
There are some good photos over there (in which they specialize).
H.E. Jesús Esteban Catalá Ibáñez, bishop of Málaga, celebrating First Vespers in his cathedral:
I look forward to the day when liturgical blue is approved more generally, for Marian feasts.
Until then, in most places blue shouldn’t be used even on Marian feasts, but especially as a substitute for Advent purple.
I posted the annual, inspired parody song by frequent participant T Ferguson about that…. you remember…
Sing this to the tune of O Come, O Come Emmanuel:
Sing along! Lemme help you out.
O come, o come liturgical blue;
out with the old, and in with the new.
Let’s banish purple vestments from here,
the color blue is very HOT this year.
Gaudy, gaudy, gaudy chasubles,
in baby, navy, powder-puff and teal.
Since Advent is the Blessed Virgin’s time,
we’ll wear blue, though it’s canonic crime,
and in the third week, we’ll wear white.
Although it’s wrong, we’ll say that it’s alright.
Around the wreath we’ll place blue candlelight,
and in one corner, we will place one white.
We’ll drape blue over our communion rail,
and use blue burses with blue chalice veils.
Yah… we can and should have a little fun with this, for all the seriousness of the role of worship in our lives.