Here is my annual rant on blue vestments for Advent (see the POLL results about that).
"But Father! But Father!", you might be saying. "Aren’t the confused liberal dinosaurs dying off? Aren’t blue vestments
Yes and yes.
Nevertheless, there are still some liturgical abusers out there. Therefore, my annual rant.
But first a poll… let’s see what’s going on.
Post comments about what you see in your parish for Advent.
Now for my rant:
Blue is not an approved liturgical color for Advent or any other time.
Sorry, I am not making this up.
Not that I have anything against blue, of course. It is simply liturgically illegal right now.
When the Holy See approves the use of blue I will happily put it on!
Instead of agitating for women priests, I wish the agitators would agitate for blue vestments… without breaking the law, of course.
Imagine! Traditional priests, deacons and subdeacons putting on blue maniples, blue dalmatics and tunics, covering chalices with blue veils and blue burses, hiding patens under blue humeral veils. I believe some groups use blue for Marian feasts on the justification that in Spain and Spanish territories there was a special indult, etc. I find that argument a little weak unless you actually in Spain and it is 8 December and you are using the Novus Ordo. The Spanish bishops conference in its ordo (cf. pp. 21 & 30) lists blue as a possible color for 8 December for the Novus Ordo or in Puerto Rico, etc. I think in the Basilica at Padua there is a permission to use blue vestments. I suppose those of the Anglican Use do and will use blue, with permission of the Holy See because that is part of their liturgical tradition.
The point is that Advent has its color: violet/purple. Let it be, if you want, a shade closer to blue than to red. But it is purple. You need a special permission to use blue. You don’t just decide for yourself as pastor or liturgy director of St. Ipsidipsy in Tall Tree Circle because its so nice.
This whole liturgical blue issue always brings to my mind a parody song made years ago by one of our participants here, the Timothy the Parodist, now the official WDTPRS parody songwriter.
Sing this to the tune of O Come, O Come Emmanuel:
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 a 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.