Some veteran readers here know about my annual rant about BLUE vestments during Advent. Lest all other Advent considerations be overshadowed by the implementation of the new, corrected translations, herebelow I rant.
I think this liturgical abuse is fading, but we may still see it here and there.
Blue is not an approved liturgical color of the Roman Rite (though some use it – on the claim of custom – for Marian feasts according to some old tradition in Spain and former Spanish territories). Yes, I know the previous Marini put blue on the Pope in Austria. That was bad, ugly, and now corrected.
For Advent purple or violet vestments are to be used, and rosacea for the 3rd Sunday as an option.
Of course there are distinctions to be made about purple and violet. Some say that a reddish purple is to be used for Lent while a bluer purple is to be used for Advent.
Fine. So long as the Advent color isn’t blue, I don’t care.
Mind you, as soon as blue is approved for use, I will be among the first to seek and obtain a set in the Roman stye! The day they are approved, I will take up a collection and get, if possible, a truly spiffing set, perhaps even a solemn set, replete with cope and humeral veil.
I think this illicit use of blue is trailing off.
Let’s have a little poll!
Chose the best answer and leave a comment in the combox, below.
For this 1st Sunday of Advent, 2011, the vestments I saw were
- Purple/Violet (95%, 2,004 Votes)
- Blue (3%, 71 Votes)
- Some other color (2%, 25 Votes)
Total Voters: 2,100
In the meantime…
When you’ve had a hard time trying to figure out just what that color is Father is wearing this week, just what possessed him to put on a vestment that ugly, why not relax with a “New Roman Missal” special edition of the Say The Black – Do The Red coffee mug filled to its steaming brim with Mystic Monk Coffee?
Yes, folks, you may be unaware of this, but drinking Mystic Monk Coffee actually fights against liturgical abuse. The more Mystic Monk Coffee your priests drink, the fewer liturgical abuses they will commit. This is especially true when they are drinking if from Say The Black – Do The Red coffee mugs!
Do you want liturgical abuses on your conscience?
Mystic Monk Coffee.
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.