The Armchair Liturgist: November Holiday Colors

armchair1.jpgHere’s a challenge or two for consideration.

This weekend is a white feast, Christ the King. Naturally, your priest will wear white vestments. What’s your plan, if any for coloring the rest of your church? My home parish has large swaths of green on the inside. Our committee judges the value of changing these to white for one day, then switch back after the last Sunday Mass.

This is also one of years in which Thanksgiving follows Christ the King. (It happens in five of seven Novembers.) I know we’ve had discussions here and elsewhere in the blogosphere on American (or national) secular holidays. What liturgical color do you choose for Thanksgiving? An ordinary time green? Certainly not an Easter-festive white, but some form of white?

Sit in the purple chair and render judgment. Tell what you would do and/or what is done in your parish.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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2 Responses to The Armchair Liturgist: November Holiday Colors

  1. Liam says:

    Well, at my parish they change frontals at the drop of a hat. In fact, when we had a bishop come to celebrate a votive Mass of the Holy Spirit to inaugurate the academic year, the regular Mass before had had green frontals, with the red frontals slightly showing underneath, like Mammie’s red petticoat from Rhett Butler… After the regular Mass, off came the green frontals in a couple of minutes….

    Btw, there might be a simple solution to your quandry: Gold can be used in place of white, green and red. (Cloth of silver, however, can only be used in place of white; I’ve seen one set of vestments and frontals in that, and I have to say it is much more spectacular than gold.)

  2. Mike K says:

    Todd, I’d leave the green hangings up. In fact, for something like that, my rule would be to change with the seasons, rather than for one day (except for Pentecost). Christ the King is a one-day solemnity, not a season. I’d change the hangings next weekend, for Advent.

    It’s different with frontals, which are more closely connected with the color of the day, especially when a vested priest is walking around nearby.

    As for vestment colors, I’d go with white or gold for Sunday (gold to emphasize kingship) and white for Thanksgiving, which is, in effect, a secular feast (and I believe the Gloria is an option at Mass for this day).

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