LITURGICAL COLORS BY SEASON AND CELEBRATION IN THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH - DR. GIL HAAS, ST. AUGUSTINE OF CANTERBURY EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Anglicans abandoned liturgical colors at the Reformation, and Anglican prayer books have never suggested a liturgical color scheme. However, liturgical colors were restored to Anglican worship in the nineteenth century. Liturgical colors mirror moods of the Christian calendar. Green is the color assigned to the Sundays after Pentecost and Epiphany (sometimes called “ordinary” time). Violet is used for most Sundays during Lent (or unbleached linen) and Advent (or blue, following the Lutheran custom). Rose is worn on the fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday) and the third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday) indicating a lightening of the penitential seasons. White is the color assigned to Christmastide (or gold - particularly in Spain), Easter (or gold), feasts of non-martyred saints, baptisms, and marriages. Red is the color for Palm Sunday, Good Friday (replacing the former use of black), martyred saints, the final four Sundays of the liturgical year culminating in Christ the King (optional), ordinations, and confirmations. Black has also been replaced with white on All Souls’ Day and at funerals. Blue is associated with the Virgin Mary and is worn on her feasts. Russian Orthodox churches use orange vestments on the feasts of St. Peter and Paul.
~ Dr. Gil Haas, St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church
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