From a future seminarian…
What’s the current ruling on blue vestments? Can they be used or no? I’ve heard some say that only places with an indult, like Portugal, can use them. Others say that the Vatican doesn’t really care.
P.S. Please pray for me as I’m entering seminary this August!
Ah, the Blue Vestment Brannigan.
On 12 February 1864, the Sacred Congregation of Rites extended a privilege to Spain, its colonies, and Latin America permitting the use of blue vestments on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. It is questionable whether “Latin America” included those parts of the southwestern United States that were formerly part of Mexico.
If I had recourse to the actual decree of the Congregation, it might be clearer. Anyone?
Certain Marian shrines in Europe have been granted similar, but very specific, privileges.
These privileges only apply to those places and feasts for which the privilege has been granted.
Outside of those specific cases, blue vestments (that is, vestments made primarily with blue fabric) are not allowed in the Latin Church. Of course vestments that are primarily another color (white, for example), with blue ornamentation, are permitted.
I will add that, as soon as they are approved, I’ll get some!