From a reader:
Our priest borrowed glorious old blue vestments in the Roman style for today, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. He announced that it’s the first time for him, and that it is per a 400-some-year-old indult for Marian feasts in former Spanish Franciscan Missionary Territories (at least in N. America.) FYI/plans for your visits to the US Southwest.
I am sure the vestments were as beautiful as the feast.
That said, I am also sure that that legendary indult no longer applies. I am also sure that some people will want to argue that there is a custom of using blue on Marian feasts. I am sure that some will say that certain solemn occasions merit the most beautiful vestments in the place even though they might not be the right color. I am sure of all these things.
I am also sure that blue is not an approved liturgical color in the Roman Rite.
It sure isn’t an approved color for Advent.
I am also sure that the abusive use of blue vestments during Advent is tapering off.
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.
As I have done in years past, I’ll post a poll about what you are seeing in your parish for Advent so far. We’ll have to have another for rose vestments soon.
Obviously this in intended for the Roman Rite.
And while you are clicking your choice, enjoy this annual song from the official Parodohymnodist.