Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Liturgical Colours: A Summary - The Red

Red has a dual imagery:
  • On one hand, red symbolises the shedding of blood and is therefore used on
    • Palm Sunday (when Christ entered Jerusalem to prepare for His death)
    • Good Friday, any other commemoration of the Lord’s passion
    • The votive Mass of the Precious Blood
    • The days marking the martyrdom of the apostles (except St. John)
    • and the feasts of other martyrs who offered their lives for the faith.
  • On the other hand, red also signifies the burning fire of God’s love. For this reason, red vestments are worn on
    • Pentecost when the Holy Spirit descended on the apostles and tongues of fire rested on their heads;
    • For the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation;
    • and for the votive Masses of the Holy Spirit.

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