Liturgical Colours of Catholic Priests and Their Meaning
Catholic Church is one of the most organized denomination on earth. From the way Catholics conduct themselves, the way they organize their masses and the way their priests puts on shows how organized the church is. The liturgical colours of Catholic priests always matches with colours at their alters and they have different meaning. Each colour is used on particular occasion or particular liturgical year. There are four main liturgical colours used; they include White, Green, Red and Purple. However there are other colours such as pink, light blue, gold and black. The colours are used in liturgical vestments only on some special occasions or as an alternative to canonical colours.
- White - White symbolizes joy and purity resulting from faith. It is the most common colours that is used every day by priests, regardless of the current liturgical season or celebration.
- Green - Green is a symbol of hope perseverance and continued listening. It accompanies the daily party of priests and faithful’s who turn to them. The colour is normal used during ordinary time.
- Purple - The colour is linked to penance, waiting and mourning. It is particularly used during Advent and Lent. It is also for Mass for the dead.
- Red – It is symbolizes the passion of Christ and blood spilled in martyrdom by Him and Saints. This is used on Palm Sunday and on Good Friday.
MEANING OF 33 BUTTONS ON A CATHOLIC BISHOP ROBE
The Catholic Church has leaders that fall into different categories of leadership beginning from the grassroots to the top position where we have the pope as the world leader. These leaders have uniforms that distinguish them from other leaders at different levels.
The laity is considered as the majority of the members of the Catholic Church. These groups don't have a design uniform or vestments that make them different from others. They wear ordinarily even as they attend mass or services offered by the church. However, a group can decide to design a particular uniform for example the choir is usually seen wearing a uniform to make the liturgy look beautiful.
The priests and bishops are the people who put on the cassock during the celebration of mass. These clothes are referred to as vestments, and they come in different colors depending on the occasion or season of the church. The bishop, in particular, wears a long robe known as the alb. This Alb has 33 buttons signifying the 33 years that Jesus lived on earth while in active ministry.
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